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Grieving family hope Norwich man's memory can live on through new charity

PUBLISHED: 16:56 14 July 2011

Darren Tubby with his dog Lenny.

Darren Tubby with his dog Lenny.

The family of a man who died from a brain haemorrhage aged just 38 are trying to set up a charity in his memory which can help others.

Darren Tubby, a former Blyth Jex school pupil, died suddenly at his Norwich home after returning from work despite his wife Beverley’s efforts to revive him.

His death, on September 18 last year, devastated his family who were inundated with messages of condolence from friends and work colleagues at Stevensons, on Roundtree Way, Norwich.

His family, including his wife and mother Maureen, 76, are now trying to establish the Darren Tubby Trust so that Mr Tubby, who lived with his wife and their golden retriever Lenny in Oak Lane, off Chartwell Road, can help others in death as he did in life.

Beverley, 38, said: “Darren was always doing his bit for charity and that’s why we wanted to do something in his name. It’s helping us through our grief ourselves, knowing that we’re helping other people.”

Maureen, who lives at Gertrude Road, off Sprowston Road, added: “It’s to keep Darren’s name going. We still miss him so much. We will never forget him, that’s for sure, but its our way of helping someone else. He would love that - to help other people.”

But in order to set up the charity, which aims to support brain injury research and rehabilitation, the family need to raise at least £5,000.

As part of their fundraising drive they have organised a charity fire walk later this year at The Elm Farm, Horsham St Faith and are looking for volunteers.

The event, which takes place on October 8, is also being used as an opportunity to raise funds for Caroline House, at Priscilla Bacon Lodge, Unthank Road, Norwich, which is the main care facility at the Colman Centre for Specialist Rehabilitation Services.

Maureen added; “Some people there have had brain haemorrhages, which Darren died from, but still need care so we’re trying to get money for them.” For more information see their stand at the Hellesdon Carnival, Hellesdon Recreation Ground on Saturday between 1pm and 5pm, email tubbydazza@aol.com or call 07554852614.

Are you raising money in memory of a loved one? Contact peter.walsh@archant.co.uk.

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