The memory of a popular south Leeds man, affectionately known as Tinners, is living on through a new charity launched in his name.
Tinners Trust has been set up in a bid to both improve the lives of young people with kidney failure and remember Craig ‘Tinners’ Marshall, who died on April 16 last year from chronic renal failure.
The 32-year-old, who lived in Cottingley, was diagnosed with childhood nephrotic syndrome aged four and doctors believed he would not live beyond 10.
After six years of treatment his kidney function failed and he began dialysis, and after two failed transplants and more than 100 operations he passed away in 2014.
Inspired by Craig’s “turn that frown upside down” catchphrase, his friends and family launched the Tinners Trust charity in July and have so far raised more than £12,000.
Craig’s mum Dianne Marshall, who is a trustee of the charity, said: “He had many problems with access and different things because he had been on dialysis for such a long time but he was never down, was happy-go-lucky and was always smiling.
“He would pick anybody up and do anything for anybody and I think that’s what is keeping this going.”
Loved ones have been raising funds ever since Craig’s death, launching music festival T Fest and hosting pool tournaments in aid of the British Kidney Patient Association.
But memories of Craig’s tough transition from paediatric renal services to adult care prompted the desire to help others in similar situations.
Dianne added: “If there’s somebody we can support who’s going to college or university with renal failure we will – it might be that we are looking for a person of courage, to do a memorial, to provide assistance or equipment they might need.”
For details search for ‘Tinners Trust’ on Facebook or find @TinnersTrust on Twitter.