Char­ity work­ers shocked by home­less man’s death

Grand­fa­ther ‘held in great af­fec­tion’ by those who knew him

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - By Ai­dan Bar­low

Char­ity vol­un­teers and friends of a home­less grand­fa­ther have de­scribed their shock and sad­ness af­ter the news of his death.

Po­lice were called to the car park un­der­neath the Stour Cen­tre af­ter the body of Sean Brady was found on Fri­day.

The 49-year-old had been bat­tling al­co­holism and also suf­fered from epilepsy, and had been sleep­ing rough in the shel­tered car park. He was known to vol­un­teers at Ash­ford Chris­tian Fel­low­ship, where he had vol­un­teered in the shop and at­tended church ser­vices.

Pas­tor Ian Fowkes said that ev­ery­one who knew him held him in great af­fec­tion and that he had made great ef­forts to beat his drink prob­lems.

Mr Fowkes added: “Sean had been in con­tact with our church for the past two years and had a strong con­nec­tion with a num­ber of home­less folk.

“He was al­ways a cheer­ful gen­tle­man who had a pos­i­tive out­look; he was af­fec­tion­ate to­wards us and his friends, there was never an ag­gres­sive bone in his body. It is par­tic­u­larly sad be­cause he had re­cently been mak­ing great ef­forts to come off the drink. I be­lieve he was on the verge of get­ting his own prop­erty.

“Some of his friends told me he was only days away from be­ing able to move into his own flat pro­vided by the lo­cal author­ity.

“This has been very sad for both the vol­un­teers and his friends who knew and loved him.”

Mr Fowkes said that vol­un­teers took com­fort from Mr Brady’s faith, which was very im­por­tant to him. He added: “Our only con­so­la­tion is that he is now in a hap­pier place.” Mr Brady had been stay­ing in the win­ter night shel­ters pro­vided by Ash­ford Churches To­gether to give the home­less some­where to stay dur­ing the colder months.

On Face­book, friends have de­scribed how the news has “rocked” the home­less com­mu­nity, some of whom have been camp­ing in tents be­hind the fire sta­tion.

Mr Fowkes said that churches in Ash­ford are work­ing to see if a new scheme could be set up to pro­vide a per­ma­nent place to sup­port rough sleep­ers through­out the year.

Po­lice say Mr Brady’s death is not be­ing treated as sus­pi­cious, and say a re­port has been pre­pared for the coro­ner.

‘He had re­cently been mak­ing great ef­forts to come off the drink’

Pic­ture: Ash­ford Chris­tian Fel­low­ship

The body of 49-year-old home­less grand­fa­ther Sean Brady was found in the car park un­der the Stour Cen­tre on Fri­day

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