A GRATEFUL Erskine couple have thanked the local community for showing support after their “bright and happy” baby died just days before Christmas.

Oliver Bunting was only four months old when he suddenly fell ill and died at the Royal Hospital for Children, in Glasgow.

His devastated parents David, 31, and Megan, 24, as well as eight-year-old sister Abigail, are now raising cash to create a memorial garden in his honour.

And, yesterday, they had almost reached the £6,000 target set on their JustGiving page.

In a heartfelt message to those who have rallied round the family, David said: “We can’t thank you all enough for all your kind messages and your donations.

“We are completely shocked by the support shown by everyone.

“Unless you have been through this, you have no idea how we are feeling at the moment.

“The idea of the memorial garden has eased so much pain by giving us a focus.

“We know this won’t bring our wee man back but the reality of having a memorial is helping us massively, so thank you everyone.

“We are overwhelmed with all the support from family, friends, local residents, businesses, our customers and strangers.”

Oliver passed away on December 5, with his death being treated as unexplained.

It is understood a number of tests are being carried out to try to pinpoint what caused the tragedy.

In recent days, donations to the memorial garden fund have come from schools, nurseries and local businesses, all keen to support Oliver’s family in their time of need.

Oliver’s funeral will take place at 1.30pm today at North Dalnottar Cemetery, in Clydebank.

Everyone who knew Oliver or knew of him is welcome to attend.

David, who owns his own landscaping business, said: “We would like to ask everyone who is attending to not come dressed in all back.

“If possible, can you please wear a colour, as we would like Oliver’s service to be as bright as possible.

“Megan and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support so far.

“Let’s give our little prince the send-off he deserves.”

To donate to the appeal, visit justgiving.com/crowdfunding/babyoliver.