James’ legacy will carry on as family continues charity work
THE family of a Manchester nightclub photographer who died in a crash in Cyprus are continuing the 20-year-old’s charity work in Africa.
James Haggerty, 20, was a well-known face in the city’s clubbing scene but also spent a life-changing year volunteering in Uganda, helping some of the continent’s poorest families.
The talented photographer later moved on to work in Cyprus but was fatally injured in a scooter crash last year.
But his family are now continuing his caring legacy by sponsoring a student through charity Ugandaid.
And in a surprise twist of fate the student selected lost own his father in a motor accident in 2012, and although now known as Tawoda Julius, his real name is also James.
Cash donated by the family will help him complete his studies, allowing Julius to fulfil his dream of becoming a motor mechanic.
While studying at Ashton Sixth Form College in 2012, James travelled to Uganda, with fellow students, and worked with the charity.
Geoff Haggerty, James’ father, said: “After James visited Uganda he came back a changed person, he didn’t take anything for granted, for a 17-year-old to not take his mobile phone and his Playstation for granted?
“This charity really meant a lot to James so it is nice to help and it is a comfort to my wife and daughters as well.”
Mike Wright, an administrator at the charity, said: “James’ energy was boundless and his funloving approach to life made him many friends in Uganda, particularly with the teenage students that were training at Nile Vocational Institute.”
James was just 20 when he passed away after a crash on his moped while working as a photographer in party spot Ayia Napa. The Salford University student was running his own business Ayia Napa TV while there for the summer with his fiancée Mariel Tamblay who was also involved in the crash.
As well as helping with the charity in Uganda, he took to the streets after the Manchester Riots with We Heart Manchester T-shirts and a Youth Against Riots banner in a peaceful show against the riots.
His funeral, held in Glossop, was attended by hundreds of people including his heartbroken parents Geoff and Julie and his four older siblings, Gareth, Jonathan, Danielle and Victoria.
●●James Haggerty with one of the children from Jinja, Uganda in 2012, and (right) Tawoda Julius, the student who has been sponsored by his family