'Little angel' remembered

EVERY day Natasha Swift got to see godson Campbell Dudgeon it was a special day for her.

The Murwillumbah toddler, who passed away earlier this month after his lifelong struggle with illness, has been remembered as his family's “beautiful little angel”.

He was nine months old.

“There was no one day with him that was above another; it was every day that I got to see him that was special to me,” Ms Swift said.

“My proudest moment with Campbell was being asked to be his godmother. That was a huge honour for me. He was just a little angel.”

Ms Swift, along with a group of family and friends, have now banded together to host a fundraiser auction and raffle to raise money for Campbell's parents Scott and Shauna and four siblings.

The family-orientated fundraiser has been organised for tomorrow night at the Roundhouse Tavern in Murwillumbah from 6pm.

“We just want to support the family any way we can,” Ms Swift said.

Tavern owner and Campbell's uncle Craig Dudgeon said it has been a difficult time for his brother and family.

“Everyone is invited. We just want to help my brother and his family get through this time,” Mr Dudgeon said.

Mr Dudgeon said he has been touched by the generosity of others.

“I was walking down the sidewalk the other day and someone recognised me and gave me $50 towards the cause on the spot. Everyone has been so generous.”

Items donated by the community for the fundraiser include a surfboard signed by surfing champion and Kingscliff resident Stephanie Gilmore, signed jerseys from the Gold Coast Titans and the Australian Wallabies and a weekend at Mantra, Salt.

“Everyone has just been so generous. We can't thank them enough,” Mr Dudgeon said.

Campbell had been diagnosed with laryngomalacia, which causes airway obstruction, and tracheomalacia, a weakness of the walls of the windpipe, as well as low muscle tone in his upper body.

He passed away on Saturday, October 10.



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