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Fund for David Askew's funeral in Greater Manchester

David Askew (Pic: Greater Manchester Police)
David Askew lived with his mother and brother in Hattersley

A community has pledged to raise enough money to give a vulnerable man "the best send off" after he died suddenly outside his Greater Manchester home.

David Askew, 64, collapsed and died shortly after his family reported a disturbance in their garden in Melandra Crescent, Hattersley, last Wednesday.

Money Spinner Credit Union is hoping to raise more than £2,000 to pay for Mr Askew's funeral.

An 18-year-old man has been charged with harassing Mr Askew.

The local credit union, which is based in Hattersley, was founded by Mr Askew's mother, Rose in 1989.

'True gentleman'

Even though she is no longer involved with it due to ill-health, many people know the family and have said they are desperate to help.

Georgina Skelly, who works for the credit union, said: "We all feel as if we knew David and obviously Rose and it's only up until a couple of years ago she stopped coming in.

"We just want to pull together and let her and her other son Brian know that we are supporting them.

Sally Woodward
Sally Woodward said the community want to give Mr Askew a good funeral

"They are bearing up but it's a difficult time. I've known Rose a long time and she is a very nice lady.

"Brian and David are so close they were all such a close family and its just letting them know that everybody is supporting her.

"We want to take a little bit off her shoulders."

The fund has already received a positive reception from local people, she said.

Sally Woodward, who works in nearby Pete's Chippy, has put a sign up in the take-away asking for donations.

"People are very generous up here, we all stick together," she said.

"He deserves a good send off, that's what we are hoping to collect for - to give him the best."

Mr Askew, who had learning difficulties has been described by his mother as a "true gentleman" who "would do anything for anybody".

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