Fundraiser planned for killed Mansfield man, Kynan

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FUNDRAISING in memory of a Mansfield man who was killed almost eight years ago is set to continue this summer.

The parents of Kynan Eldridge, who died after being attacked by his landlord in September 2005, have vowed to help others through annual musical extravaganzas.

This year, Anne and Peter Eldridge are planning a barn dance at Ravenshead, where they live.

The cash raised will then be offered as a grant to assist young people achieve their potential through music - which had been a passion of Kynan’s before his death at the age 31.

Those to have benefited to date include the junior section of a former colliery brass band, and a group of youngsters learning DJ skills.

Anne said: “We try to have an event each year, and we encourage people to apply for grants.

“The only criteria really is that its for young people, and that they are doing everything they can but need a little more help!

“When we started organising these events, the main aim was for people to have a good time at a reasonable cost and any money it makes is wonderful. Every penny goes towards the fund.”

Sound technician Kynan died from stab wounds to his neck and chest after a ‘frenzied’ attack at the Findern Court property in Mansfield where he rented a room from his Tunisian killer Abderrahmen Dhaou.

A row over rent had escalated, and Dhaou pleaded guilty to manslaughter through diminished responsibility.

The alcoholic cannabis user was found to be mentally ill at the time of the attack.

He was given an indeterminate sentence, but was to serve at least three years - a punishment that Kynan’s family felt was too lenient.

The family say his death also triggered the death of his grandad, Bernard, who passed away months later.

The Kynan Eldridge Fund was set up in memory of them both.

Anne added: “It will never give us closure, but we have no other family and this is one way that Kynan’s name lives on.”

The barn dance at Ravenshead Village Hall will be held on Friday, 28th June.

Tickets are £8 and includes a light ploughman’s supper .

They are available from Godfreys in Ravenshead Precinct or by phoning 01623 793533 or e mailing eldridgeslee@gmail.com