Belfast Telegraph

Grandmother's agony over the tragedy in driveway

A heartbroken grandmother who accidentally knocked down and killed her beloved grandson a week before Christmas has spoken of her absolute despair and terrible pain.

Pauline Gorman doted on her five-year-old “angel” Emmet Delaney, who lived with her in her Belfast home along with his brother Pearse (8) and their mum Paula.

The tragedy on December 19 last year stunned everyone who heard about it and totally devastated Emmet’s family and the close-knit community where they live.

Describing her sport-loving and caring little grandson Emmet as her angel, an utterly broken Pauline Gorman said: “He was such a loving little boy. I used to say to him: ‘I don't know what I'd do without you’.

“Little did I think I'd have to get used to that experience. Just before he died Emmie had asked me about angels and wanted to know all about them. My life will never be the same.”

The family have been receiving counselling to help them cope with the trauma of losing Emmet — who they affectionately call Emmie.

The blonde-haired, blue-eyed tot had been playing football with a friend in the driveway of the family home when the accident happened.

His grandmother had just popped to the shop to buy something for the boys’ tea and didn’t see her young grandson when she pulled her car into the driveway

on her return. His distraught mum Paula also bravely spoke for the first time about Emmie, and described the special bond her children had with their ‘Nana’ Gorman, who they have lived with since Emmie was a baby.

“My dad died a few months before Emmie was born and when we moved in with mum, the boys became her world. She was just devoted to them,” said Paula.

She said the horrendous circumstances of Emmie’s death had been “horrific for mum to live with.

She added: “Emmie was her baby as much as he was my baby.”

Paula paid tribute to all of her family and friends whose love and support she said had helped carry the family through each day since they lost the child.

Background

As a tribute to her son, brave Paula is to run the Belfast Marathon in his memory and to raise funds for the Children’s Hospice and New Life Counselling who have supported the family in the dark days since Emmie’s death. Such is the strength of the compassion in the local community that 231 people have so far volunteered to take part in the marathon also. Paula has a Just Giving page where donations can be made for their marathon effort at www.justgiving.com/Paula-Delaney

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