An Upper Bann Assembly candidate has thanked the public for the support shown to their family after the sad death of his baby grandson.
Councillor Doug Beattie MC said he had waited until after the polling stations closed to thank all who had sent their condolences.
Fifteen-month-old Cameron Tindale was discovered dead in bed on Wednesday morning.
The family were left devastated, but have taken great comfort from the support of friends and the wider community.
Mr Beattie – one of three Ulster Unionist candidates contesting Upper Bann – will be missing from the count centre today (Friday) as the results begin to come through.
He released a statement in which he described Cameron as a “beautiful young lad” and encouraged anyone who wished to make donations in lieu of flowers to do so to the Children’s Heartbeat Trust.
Councillor Beattie said: “I have waited until after the polling stations closed to take this opportunity to thank all those who have sent their condolences.
“Our lovely grandson Cameron was a beautiful young lad and although only 15 months old he had a huge personality. His smile lit the room and lit our lives and the news of his passing has devastated the whole family.
“I have received messages of support from all quarters – friends, family, colleagues and political opponents. I can but thank you all for taking the time to think of us at this terrible time.
“I have passed on all your messages to my daughter Leigh and her husband Mark who continue to struggle with their loss.
“Although the funeral will be a private family service with some close friends – if you feel you would like to send a floral tribute then please send directly to Ian Milne’s Funeral services at Seagoe Cemetery.
“Anyone wanting to make a donation please make it out to The Children’s Heartbeat Trust, in the name of Cameron Tindale, directly to the charity or via Ian Milne.
“I hope you can all understand my decision to remain with my family throughout this process.”