Tree planting ceremony in memory of Montrose boy

Amber, a nursery pupil, planted the tree on behalf of Leylan's Nursery friends and Mr Fort presented the Nursery with a cheque for �212.90 Pictured (l-r) are Rhoyan (Leylan's sister), Leanne (Mum), Amber, Wayne (Dad), and Martin Milloy, deputy Headteacher.
Amber, a nursery pupil, planted the tree on behalf of Leylan's Nursery friends and Mr Fort presented the Nursery with a cheque for �212.90 Pictured (l-r) are Rhoyan (Leylan's sister), Leanne (Mum), Amber, Wayne (Dad), and Martin Milloy, deputy Headteacher.

A tree planting ceremony took place in the garden of Lochside Primary School to commemorate the life of Leylan Fort.

The simple tribute, on Friday, May 29, came about after Leylan’s family collected donations towards the Lochside Sensory Unit at the four-year-old’s cremation.

Wayne Fort, Leylan’s father, explained: “After the ceremony we got chatting with the headmistress and the deputy head and it all started from there.”

Leylan had cerebral palsy and autism and the family were told he would never walk and talk.

Mr Fort said: “Leylan proved everybody wrong, thanks to the treatment he received at Armitstead House in Broughty Ferry and then at Lochside Sensory Unit.”

Mr Fort then paid tribute to the doctors, nurses, teachers and physios who took the time to attend Leylan’s funeral, saying: “It was very good of them to take the time from their busy jobs to attend the funeral.

“I’d also like to thank everyone who donated to our collection.”

Asked about the decision to collect for the Sensory Unit, Mr Fort said: “ It’s been a real comfort that a bit of happiness has come out of a difficult time for us.”