Mansfield woman’s appeal for a headstone

Tina Davis who is fundraisinf for a head stone for a friend who died last year
Tina Davis who is fundraisinf for a head stone for a friend who died last year

THE friend of a man who tragically took his own life almost three years ago is appealing for help raising the money to pay for a headstone marking his grave.

Currently there is only a small wooden cross and a picture of Scott Northridge, who died aged 23, to mark his final resting place.

Scott was found by his father, Chris Northridge, after having collapsed in the living room of his home on Sandalwood Close, Mansfield, in March 2009.

He died later that evening at King’s Mill Hospital.

Scott’s old friend and neighbour Tina Davis (26) said she needs to raise at least £1,500 to pay for the stone.

She said: “What a lot of people do not realise is that he was a wonderful person.

“If he saw me struggling with my shopping he would leave his friends and help me.

“He was a very healthy lad who loved his sport and stuff like that - most people who knew him were blessed to know him.”

Speaking at the time of Scott’s death his father, Chris, revealed how Scott had been ‘up and down’ after the loss of his mum Lizzie three years ago and had moved back home following the break-up of a long-term relationship.

Chris also said his son had been left devastated after an accident at football training, which meant he could no longer lift weights.

As part of her fundraising efforts, mother-of-three Tina, of York Place, is planning a charity event at Chesterfield Road Recreation Ground on 14th July.

The day will feature a barbecue with face-painting and cake stalls, live music and a silent auction.

Among the prize giveaways so far are a photo-shoot worth £130, and two tickets for Expressions School of Dance summer show over four nights.

Said Tina: “As a mother myself if I lost one of my children and could not afford to give them a proper place of rest that would hurt me.”

She is appealing for cash and prize donations from businesses and members if the public.

If you think you can help please email or or visit the Facebook group in memory of Scott Northridge.