Heartbreak as ‘kind and caring’ amputee boxer dies just weeks after wedding day

Emotional tributes are being paid to ‘inspirational and charming’ amputee boxers who tragically died just weeks after his wedding day.

Bailey Lindsay, 22, died in the early hours of Wednesday, April 6 after battling a rare form of bone cancer.

He passed away surrounded by loved ones and holding the hand of his beloved wife Isabel, who shared the sad news on Facebook.

Bailey had worked as a model and also appeared on the BBC singing competition ‘I Can See Your Voice’.

Family and friends posted heartfelt tributes to the ‘devoted bother and beautiful boy’ as they mourned his passing.

Bailey passed away holding wife Isabel’s hand.

Speaking to Yorkshire Live, Keir Nicholson, who was a close friend of Bailey, said: “Bailey was the most beautiful, kind, and caring young man you could ever meet but Bailey’s journey in life was not mapped out to be the easiest. All we could do as friends was to make this journey as fun and memorable as possible for our dear friend.

“Some of us had only known Bailey a short amount of time but the impact and impression he left on our souls and lives is monumental. Bailey would first come into my life after I had lost my own mother to bone cancer.

“Bailey’s story resonated with me immediately and I wanted to do all I could for this young man as a friend.”

Bailey had his right leg amputated after being diagnosed with osteosarcoma at age 18.

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He went to his first AmpCamp in June 2021. AmpCamp was founded by Ben Lovell, a mutual friend of Keir’s, and works with both adult and child amputees to support and rehabilitate them.

“We would both go on to feel he was like the little brother we always wanted to protect,” Keir added.

“Bailey everyone he met on these camps with his dedication to staying fit and motivated, his passion to make sure future bone cancer patients would be better supported and of course, that beautiful smile of Bailey’s was enough to inspire and charm anyone. I think many of us had a man crush on our boy Bailey.”

Bailey joined the AmpCamp mountain climbers and set himself the challenge of climbing Ben Nevis to raise money for kids with limb differences. Keir praised his “endurance, bravery, strength and courage”.

He also worked with children who attended AmpCamp.

Bailey enjoyed boxing, and had once carried Josh Warrington’s belt into a game, and even sparred with Tyson Fury. He was also a big fan of Leeds United. Josh Warrington posted a tribute to Bailey yesterday.

Sadly, Bailey found out his cancer had returned around Christmas 2021.

He and Isabel were able to get married in February, but had less than two months of marriage before he died on April 6.

Keir said: “He was a devoted big brother and a beautiful boy to his parents. In Bailey’s passing he leaves a wonderful set of family and friends as well as a beautiful and devoted wife in Isabel Lindsay. A wife and friend we are all so proud of for giving the care, devotion and love to in Baileys life and in those final months.

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Bailey had his right leg amputated after first being diagnosed with bone cancer aged 18.
Bailey had his right leg amputated after first being diagnosed with bone cancer aged 18.

“We will all do what we can to honor Bailey’s memory. Bailey, you are loved Bailey, you are missed Bailey, you are never forgotten.”

Bailey’s wife Isabel also posted a heartfelt tribute to him on Facebook yesterday.

She wrote: “My gorgeous perfect Husband gained his angel wings in the early hours of this morning, holding my hand and surrounded by his family.

“I feel I have so much to say about Bailey but right now I am struggling to find the words.

“Bailey changed my life and in many ways he saved me. He has taught me so much about how to live life the right way, pushing yourself to make the most of every moment, every opportunity, and every challenge too.”

Isabel added: “Bailey will be in all of our hearts for the rest of our lives and I just know that even though he is no longer with us in person, he isn’t finished with making an impact yet, and I will continue to do that for Bailey.”

AmpCamp founder Ben and amputee Paul Ellis will be climbing Ben Nevis at Easter to raise money for the kids with limb differences who attend the camps, but also in Bailey’s memory.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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