Sad Caitlan has a reason to smile again

GIFT: Caitlan Salisbury, 12, with her step sister Rachel Kitchen, and the laptop donated by charity Miles of Smiles
GIFT: Caitlan Salisbury, 12, with her step sister Rachel Kitchen, and the laptop donated by charity Miles of Smiles

A loving sister from Leyland mourning the loss of her big brother who drowned while canoeing has been given reason to smile by a Lancashire charity.

Caitlan Salisbury, 12, of Moss Side, was left devastated when brother Chad, 18, drowned when his canoe capsized on Ullswater in the Lake District in June last year.

The youngster was nominated to Lancashire charity Miles of Smiles which grants wishes to youngsters who have been through a lot and need something to make them smile.

Caitlan asked the charity for a laptop and is thrilled to have now received it.

Mum Debbie, who lives with partner Andy Kitchen and twin step-daughters Helen and Rachel, 19, says Caitlan has been hit hard by her brother’s death.

Debbie said: “Caitlan was really close to Chad. He was her big brother who was always there for her and he was very protective of her.

“Chad had gone away with friends to the Lakes when the accident occurred. His body was discovered 12 hours later.

“His death was a shock to everyone and it is still very hard to come to terms with.

“Caitlan misses Chad a lot, but she tries to put a brave face on it.

“We have good days and bad days.”

Karen Rainford, founder of Miles of Smiles, said: “It was a pleasure to put a smile on Caitlan’s face.

“She is a lovely girl and has had to cope with a lot after losing her brother so suddenly.”

If you would like to nominate a child to Miles of Smiles, call Karen Rainford on 07801 446099.