Plans for West End me­mo­rial to tragic Dundee mu­si­cian

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS - JAMIE MIL­LI­GAN

Friends of a Dundee man who took his own life plan to cre­ate a per­ma­nent me­mo­rial to him in the West End.

Lee Welsh died last month and the 27-year-old’s fam­ily are now cam­paign­ing for bet­ter men­tal health care pro­vi­sion.

Lee’s close friend Gary Shields in­tends to pur­chase a bench in mem­ory of the ta­lented mu­si­cian.

Gary said: “Not ev­ery­one is com­fort­able with go­ing up to visit a grave, so it’s some­where you could go and have a bit to eat or a cup of tea.

“If it’s a nice day Phil and Les­ley (Lee’s par­ents) could go up with Poppy, Lee’s daugh­ter, and have a pic­nic. They could go there and be with Lee.

“It’s a nice way to re­mem­ber him. It’s some­thing to keep us go­ing.”

Gary said he was con­sid­er­ing a num­ber of ways to re­mem­ber his friend, in­clud­ing or­gan­is­ing a foot­ball match.

“I had a friend who rec­om­mended a DJ and he’s of­fered to do a disco and race night,” he added.

“Tick­ets are go­ing to go on sale for it next week.”

A fundrais­ing page was set up in the wake of Lee’s death and so many dona­tions have poured in from mem­bers of the public that it has al­ready ex­ceeded its tar­get.

More than £4,000 has now been raised af­ter a £3,000 tar­get was ini­tially set and the timescale of the page had to be ex­tended to ac­com­mo­date t he l evels of gen­eros­ity.

Lee’s par­ents have thanked mem­bers of the public for help­ing raise the “bril­liant” amount which will be used to help meet funeral costs.

A race night and disco will be held in the func­tion suite of Dundee’s Skyaxe Com­bat and Fit­ness Cen­tre on Novem­ber 18.

Tick­ets for the event go on sale next week and can be pur­chased by con­tact­ing Gary or friend Ryan Tay­lor.

A web­site has been cre­ated to share sto­ries of men­tal health which can be shared with politi­cians and char­i­ties.

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