Baby Lydia was in her cot when her father crept in and murdered her mother Caroline Crouch as she slept.
He then spun a cruel web of lies blaming robbers for the killing, and spent weeks shedding crocodile tears as he pretended to comfort Caroline’s distraught parents.
Babis Anagnostopoulos, 33, a Greek helicopter pilot, was eventually rumbled by police and confessed to suffocating his 19-year-old British wife, and now faces life in prison.
Without either parent, one-year-old Lydia is being brought up by her maternal grandparents Susan and David Crouch on the island of Alonnisos in Greece where Caroline was raised.
As they mourn Caroline, their tiny granddaughter is the only thing keeping them from despair – and they will devote the rest of their lives to her. But as David, 78, says in a heart-breaking interview: ‘I am not a young man and all of us are mortal. I have a deep-seated worry that I may not be able to provide for Lydia in those years when she may need the most support. My one aim right now is to give the very best life to the child of my wonderful daughter.’
Susan and David have been adamant they want no money for themselves and will not profit one iota from their daughter’s murder. This appeal, launched by the Daily Mail with the family’s blessing, is for baby Lydia alone. Any money raised will help to secure her financial future.
To contribute, click 'Donate now' on this page, or cheques made payable to Lydia Fund can be sent to:
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