A MOTHER from Dilton Marsh who tragically lost her disabled son when he was just two years old was overcome with joy after a headstone to toast his memory was installed on Tuesday.

When Svonne Boyle, of Lansdowne Close, was 12 weeks pregnant with Nathan, she was in a car accident, causing an air bubble to burst in his pituitary gland, leading to severe brain damage.

Nathan had to be resuscitated when he was born and was then kept in intensive care for three months and despite battling on through many treatments and medications, he died at the age of two.

On the 20th anniversary of his death however, family and friends gathered at Melksham Cemetery for a special ceremony and the unveiling of his headstone - which was made possible after Mrs Boyle managed to raise £1,900 to have it installed there.

“It was an incredibly emotional occasion but it was just lovely. It is a fitting tribute to remember my darling son Nathan,” said the 43-year-old.

“He touched the lives of many despite his short life. 300 people were at his funeral. He went through so much, having all those conditions, at such a young age.

“I have been meaning to do this for a long time but life gets in the way. Me and my ex husband put in £1,000 and then we got £250 from fundraising events and a just giving page and recently I got a windfall, so I guess the angels are watching over me.

“The headstone looks amazing and there is a lovely photo of him on it. We will come along as often as we can.

“I want to thank everyone for helping out and for those who came down on the day. We had balloons and candles, which was lovely. If he was here he would have enjoyed it.”