Loss of nephew inspires dolls house market stall
AN aunt has paid tribute to her late nephew — by opening a market stall in memory of him.
Gill Evans, of Port Talbot, opened Daniel's Dolls House Emporium in Neath Market earlier in the summer.
But the reason behind her starting the business is a tragic tale of loss.
"It's always been on my mind to open something like this,'' she said.
"I belong to a dolls house club, and it's quite hard to get the pieces unless you have got the internet.
"I had a nephew, Daniel, and every time I went to an exhibition, Daniel would come, he was always helping me.
"He had his first dolls house when he was four years old."
But sadly, in March this year, Daniel — aged 13 — suddenly passed away at home. "He'd gone to hospital and they said he had tonsillitis," said Mrs Evans.
"But later they found he had a virus that caused him to go into heart failure.
"It was totally out of the blue and unexpected, he was a healthy boy."
She said she's unsure why, but the sad news kick-started her moves to open the stall.
"It gave me a push or something," she said.
"I don't know what it was, but I needed — as a family we needed — something to get us through those weeks, and it just took over.
"I decided I would go ahead with it and that it would be called Daniel's after him. I channelled all my energies into finding somewhere and we opened it in his memory." Mrs Evans described her nephew as a lovely boy who was respected by all his teachers and really loved by his family.
Daniel was also a member of the Sea Cadets in Swansea.
"He was an amazing child, he excelled in school and they've done a memorial cup to him too."
Mrs Evans has a day job, so it's husband Graham and daughter Jessika who man the stall on a daily basis.
"My husband wasn't working either, he had been laid off a couple of years ago and my daughter was also finding it difficult to find work.
"My brother and his wife have also been involved in getting it together and opened it in memory of Daniel.
"My mum and my other daughter also go in and help out.
"It's a real family affair."