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Tuesday, 12 January 2016 (3074512)
Community rallies round to help fund funeral of Southport man
by Ollie Cowan


AN APPEAL has been launched to help fund the funeral of a Southport man who died suddenly in the resort last month.

30-year-old Michael Mcallister died suddenly at his home in Southport on December 28 but without any funds to give him a proper funeral, his family now face the prospect of his body being cremated against their wishes by the Environmental Health department.

The family of Michael, who is a father of one, have launched an online crowdfunding appeal to help pay for a proper burial which has already raised £1,239 of the £3,000 needed.

Michael's uncle David Mcallister told our reporter: “Michael died suddenly on December 27 at home.

”He had not been ill or had any problems - he was out of work and his mum is registered as disabled.

“She has been told that without funds the environmental department take over with a ‘cremation on the cheap'.

”This would be his mums worst nightmare - to lose her son and then have him cremated against his wishes.

“We would like to ask family and friends for any help they can to raise enough money to give Michael the best possible send off we can.

”Michael was not only my nephew, he was my godson.

“If i could afford it i would pay whatever it cost but it breaks my heart when i am not much better off than his mum. Michael deserves to have a proper burial.

”We've been to cremations in the past and he has commented on not wanting that when he goes.

“He was comical, much like his granddad, and always said to just stick him in a box and bury him in the back yard!

”This is why it is so important for his mum that he has a proper burial.

“All money raised wil be used to pay the funeral as well as going towards a headstone.

”Anything thats left would be put in a trust fund for his seven-year-old son.“

For more information or to donate to the appeal visit www.crowdfunding.justgiving.com/david-mcallister.






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