Grimsby Telegraph

£7k raised for funeral of tragic adam in 14 hours

‘melon was one of a kind, a fantastic lad who always had a smile on his face’

- By GREGORY FORD gregory.ford@reachplc.com @FordWrit

MORE than £7,000 for the funeral of tragic Adam ‘Melon’ Barber in just 14 hours.

The 21-year-old Grimsby Town fan - known to his friends as Melon - died after falling on the first night back in the pubs after lockdown on Monday.

The JustGiving page organised by fellow Grimsby Town fans and school friends at Old Clee Sewell FC has attracted generosity from the local area and the wider football community too. Just 14 hours after it launched £7,000 had already been pledged. At 7pm last night, the total was £8,524.

The initial target was £1,500. Adam, pictured right, has been described as a likeable and loving young man who was known to be the life and soul of the party with a keen sense of humour.

Floral tributes have been left at the scene of Adam’s death in the Grant Street area of Cleethorpe­s.

Old Clee Sewell FC was set up in memory of fellow Grimsby Town fan Lewis Sewell who died after a tragic battle with leukaemia at the age of 18 in 2017.

The club wrote: “As many of you will know, on Monday 12th April our good friend Adam ‘Melon’ Barber unexpected­ly passed away in a tragic accident. This news has left both Melon’s family and friends devastated and heartbroke­n. “Melon leaves behind a fantastic, loving family who he adored and loved with all of his heart “Melon was one of a kind, a fantastic lad who always had a smile on his face and always did his best to ensure others did too. His brilliant sense of humour and infectious laugh always made everyone who knew him smile.

“We have created this page in a bid to support Melon’s family at this sad time to help towards funeral costs and to support them as they cope with their loss. We ask for support from everyone who knew Melon to help raise funds to give him the send-off he deserves.” Adam, who was 21, died in hospital after emergency services were called to the Grant Street area of

Cleethorpe­s at about 7.15pm on Monday.

According to witnesses he accidental­ly fell over, hitting his head which left him with fatal injuries. At the scene the day after the tragedy, his dad told the Grimsby Telegraph: “He’d just lost his grandad and just came out to enjoy the first night back when he accidental­ly fell over and hit his head.

“Adam was a normal young lad who was just trying to make his way home, he was meant to start a new job today as well.

“This is just a tragic accident.” Fundraisin­g efforts to help the family have attracted donation from local clubs like Cleethorpe­s Town and some current Grimsby Town players including Filipe Morais as well as many people within the community.

A spokespers­on for Old Clee Sewell FC said: “All of the players at the football club were close friends with Melon and are totally heartbroke­n by the loss of him.

“A large amount of our team went to school with Melon in both primary and secondary school. We all shared fantastic memories with him over the years, a lot of them following Grimsby Town home and away. “Melon was always the life of the party and the most likeable person anybody ever knew. Our football club was set up in memory of another one of our friends, Lewis Sewell, and to lose another is totally heartbreak­ing.

“As we have done for Lewis, we will continue to run the football team and do our charity events in memory of Melon.”

To donate to the fundraiser you can visit the JustGiving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfundi­ng/ oldcleesew­ell- fc- melonfuner­al?utm_term=R57bzzP4K

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