James’ le­gacy will carry on as fam­ily con­tin­ues char­ity work

Salford Advertiser - - NEWS - Emma Flana­gan

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

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