Family inspired to help others after tragedy

Kirkintilloch.  Corrigan family raising money in memory of her son who died earlier this year. (The Chesney Trust)'12.11.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
Kirkintilloch. Corrigan family raising money in memory of her son who died earlier this year. (The Chesney Trust)'12.11.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

A CARING family has raised thousands of pounds for charity in memory of a caring son and brother who died suddenly earlier this year.

Owen Corrigan (26), from Kirkintilloch, passed away in January from a heart condition, thought to be a heart arrhythmia - a lethal condition which strikes without warning.

The former St Ninian’s High School pupil, known affectionately as Ojo, was a popular figure around Kirkintilloch - playing rugby for Lenzie and enjoying socialising with friends.

He worked for Aviva, in Bishopbriggs, before joining his father’s specialist glazing company - Draft Seal Ltd.

Mum Anne said: “He was a fun-loving guy who was kind and generous.

“He was 6ft 3ins tall so people used to describe him as a gentle giant.

“After the shock and devastation we started thinking we would like to do something positive to remember Owen.

“I’m a trustee for the Chesney Trust. The turst is building a girls school in Malawi and we thought it would be really nice to provide a well that would benefit the school and the local community.”

To mark Owen’s birthday in October, the family organised a ceilidh in St Ninian’s Parochial Hall.

Anne explained: “We wanted to raise funds and also to get together all the people who knew and loved Owen to celebrate his life. The 198 tickets sold themselves.”

Music was provided by a neighbour’s son, while Owen’s girlfriend of eight years, Vickie, made 200 cupcakes with her family. Raffle prizes came flooding in from generous individuals and local businesses - raising an amazing £5,330.

Anne said: “It was a really happy night and fitting for Owen as he was always helping people and loved a good party.

“We would like to thank everybody who made a donation or who came along on the night - particularly Gordon Young who provided the music.

“Thanks also to all the local businesses who gave raffle prizes, including Su Casa Interiors, De Carlo’s chipshop and Wigwam Advertising who printed the tickets free of charge .

“We have been overwhelmed by people’s generosity.”

Around £8,000 has now been raised - with another £6,000 needed to complete ‘Ojo’s Well’. If you would like to make a donation to this worthy appeal go to www.justgiving.com/ojos-well

OVERWHELMED: Owen’s sister Clare, brother James, dad Paul, mum Anne and girlfriend Vickie McElhaney. (K11982)