ALISON Lapper plans to turn the ashes of her son into a diamond ring which she will wear on her wedding day.

The artist from Shoreham had dreamed that her son Parys would give her away on the big day.

But his sudden death last month at the age of 19 meant she could not go through with her dream.

Alison plans to wear the ring on her toe when she gets married.

Parys, who suffered severe mental health problems, was found dead in a hotel in Worthing, West Sussex. The cause is still being investigated.

His mum Alison became famous when she posed for a Trafalgar Square sculpture while eight months pregnant with him.

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Alison, born without arms and with shortened legs, is setting up The Parys Lapper Foundation in his memory.

Alison, who was appointed MBE for her services to art in 2003, said her only child was let down by the system. He had been bullied at school by children who called her a "weirdo" because of her disability.

The artist, 54, who received her son's ashes in an 11in papier mache gold acorn last week, will now send some of his remains to specialists who will crystallise them into a diamond.

Alison said: "Si and I had been planning to get married next year.

"I thought about whether I still want to go through with it and decided Parys would want me to.

"I wanted Parys to give me away.

"The ring is the only way I can keep him close to me, so he can be with us on the day."

She added: "I haven't spoken to him for three weeks now. It just gets harder."