Royal Oak at Damside helps rally round grieving family

Keighley News: l Sharon Cooper, of Jam Radio, and Paddy Gaskin, assistant manager at the Royal Oak in Keighley, with two football shirts to be auctioned in aid of the family of tragic Riley Turner l Sharon Cooper, of Jam Radio, and Paddy Gaskin, assistant manager at the Royal Oak in Keighley, with two football shirts to be auctioned in aid of the family of tragic Riley Turner

Community campaigners have rallied round to organise a major fundraiser to support the family of tragic toddler Riley Turner.

The four-year-old died at his home in Harewood Road, Bracken Bank, last month.

Now a Keighley pub – the Royal Oak at Damside – is hosting a fundraising evening, with backing from the town’s Jam Radio.

Paddy Gaskin, assistant manager at the Royal Oak, said: “One of our regulars is a close friend of Riley’s family and we were all totally shocked at what happened.

“We want to raise as much money as we can, either to help with the funeral costs or for a trust fund for Riley’s twin brother Kenzie.”

The event, from 6pm on February 17, features Jam Radio presenter and DJ, Phil Hickinson, plus live bands.

There will be an auction, with lots including signed football shirts and Keighley Cougars season tickets.

Among shirts going under the hammer will be one worn by ex-Scotland international and current Motherwell boss Stuart McCall during his days with Bradford City in its Premier League spell.

A raffle will include prizes such as hampers, and items can be left at the pub. A pool contest will also take place, and a cold buffet will be served. Admission is free, but there will be buckets for donations.

Sharon Cooper, a presenter and community involvement volunteer at Jam Radio, said: “I live in Keighley and the whole community has been affected in some way by what happened to Riley. We just wanted to give something, and everybody is doing this out of the goodness of their hearts.”

* Anwar Rosser, 32, of Harewood Road, charged with Riley’s murder, has been remanded in custody to appear before Bradford Crown Court in April. An inquest into Riley’s death will be opened today.

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