Dad’s tragic death at just 31 leads to village fundraiser

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AN INSPIRATIONAL woman is holding an event in memory of her husband who tragically died at the age of just 31.

Colin Byrne, who lived in Twechar his whole life, passed away after suffering a massive stroke in April – leaving behind Elaine and their young daughter Fearne.

The popular professional driver was well known for his love of Staffordshire Bull Terriers and he displayed his pets at dog shows across the country – including Crufts where he earned a prestigious placing.

Now dedicated Elaine has set up The Colin Byrne Forever Young Fund, in association with Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland (CHSS).

The first fundraiser is set for later this year and has already seen the community rally around the family.

Originally it was planned to hold a small disco at Twechar Miners Social Club, but huge demand for tickets has meant a move to the 250-capacity Healthy Living Centre.

The tickets still sold out in just two days and Elaine is now hoping that local individuals and businesses will get on board to provide donations and raffle prizes for the event on Saturday, September 1.

She told the Herald: “Colin’s death was sudden and completely unexpected, a devastating blow for our family especially as our daughter Fearne was only 10-months-old at the time.

“CHSS fund research into all aspects of prevention, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and the social impact of chest, heart and stroke illness.

“For those reasons I believe that doing something positive in Colin’s memory and creating a legacy for Fearne is the least I can do.

“Colin beams out of Fearne and he would be delighted with the little girl she is turning into. “

She added: “He may be gone, but Fearne and I, with a little help from our friends, will ensure he is never forgotten. Any support would be gratefully received.”

If you would like to make a donation go to www.justgiving.com/Elaine-Byrne0.

For more information about Colin and the fund go to www.thecolinbyrneforeveryoungfund.com

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