Memorial bench unveiled as tribute to baby Anthony

tribute: Tony Rushe and Jenna Bannon with Daniel Marshall  of Marcus Worthington Group, Coun Mark Yates and County Coun David Borrow

tribute: Tony Rushe and Jenna Bannon with Daniel Marshall of Marcus Worthington Group, Coun Mark Yates and County Coun David Borrow

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A memorial to a baby who died after battling a rare and incurable condition has been unveiled by his parents.

Anthony Rushe died earlier this year from Krabbe Disorder, an extremely rare condition which only affects one in 100,000 babies.

Baby AJ

Baby AJ

Now his family and community leaders have unveiled a special bench in his honour close to his home in Ashton, Preston.

Friends had organised for the bench to be put up in Ashton Bank, and mum Jenna Bannon said it was “lovely” to see so many supporters.

Jenna, 28, said: “When AJ passed away in January we had a couple of our friends who were part of AJ’s Dream team who came to us and said they had been in discussion with local councillors regarding a bench, and they had it all organised.

“It was a surprise.

“It is something there so we can go down and sit on the bench and think of Anthony.

“And it’s for other people as well, they read the plaque and they think of him and remember him.”

Jenna, who is 30-weeks pregnant with a baby girl, said: “We have got 10 weeks to go until we meet Anthony’s sister, and we will definitely take the new baby down there.”

The bench was unveiled at the weekend and Jenna said: “It was lovely to see that many people there.

“It is in a really nice spot, it is facing so you can see the sun set.

“We can see people from our balcony. We see people all the time when they are walking their dogs or playing with their children, they go and sit on the bench and it is really lovely.”

Coun Mark Yates, who helped to organise the bench, said: “It is a fantastic tribute and memorial to a very, very brave little boy.”