A GRIEVING dad has organised a fundraising day to help pay for a memorial to his son who was brutally murdered last year.
Craig Butterworth, 42, hopes to build a lasting legacy to his late son Kieran, who was stabbed to death on a Leeds street at the age of 17. His killer, Ghanu Stout, 27, is currently serving a life sentence for the attack in February last year in Harehills.
Now Kieran’s family have organised a day of events, including a bus pull, to try and raise the £1,000-1,500 needed to install a memorial bench in Havercroft, near Wakefield, where Mr Butterworth lives.
Kieran was living in Leeds when he died, but had lived with is dad for a while and many of his friends live in the area.
Mr Butterworth said: “I just really want to do something. I know he was a good kid and it’s really important to me that I can have somewhere here for me to go and sit and remember him. I haven’t decided where to put it. I’m hoping for a green by a pond in Havercroft, where everyone has picnics. That would be lovely.”
The Card Factory in Wakefield, where Mr Butterworth works, has helped to organise the event and donated cash towards the cause. Pontefract company Watersons Coaches is supplying the bus. Mr Butterworth said he hoped to be able to build a memorial and remember the good times with Kieran. “[Losing him] was the worst thing that’s ever happened to me. To have a memorial is really important. I’ve a lot of good memories with him. We had a lot of laughs together.”
The bus is on March 8 at 12.30pm, on Kenmoor Road, on the Junction 41 industrial estate, before the event continues at the Vine Tree. To donate prizes contact Mr Butterworth on 07577 464067.