The legacy of Ciaran Bingham, who would have been 21 this year, has been secured as his mother bids to bridge generations through the charity that bears his name.
Margaret Bingham, from Belle Isle, Leeds, was left devastated when her 19-year-old son was killed in a motorcycle accident – but nearly two years on she has set up the Ciaran Bingham Foundation Trust.
The trust’s first achievement has been to secure 140 bereavement books for more than a dozen schools in south Leeds to help young people.
The charity will launch at the Leeds Irish Centre, on York Road, from 6.30pm on Friday.
Healthcare worker Margaret, 53, said: “I just hope it will be a lasting legacy to Ciaran. I
“It has fitted in nice with his 21st but on November 6, when that trust deed went in and six hours later we got that charity number, we were both crying.
“It was just the realisation that from that moment on it was for real and we could help.”
The charity, run voluntarily by Margaret and her friend Andrea Edwards, aims to help older people in south Leeds through food parcels and events, as well as supporting young people with advice.
Margaret said: “He [Ciaran] loved elderly people and that was one of the reasons we wanted to help.”
Ciaran suffered fatal head injuries when his motorbike was involved in a collision with a car in Outwood last January.
But when family members sought counselling, Margaret was shocked to find a gap in the service for under 18s, so persuaded the Co-operative to donate bereavement books.
Phil Barr, from Co-operative Funeral Care, said there is a “massive need” for counselling materials in the region.
Andrea and Margaret first met while successfully trying to raise £21,000 for the Hunslet Club, in Hillidge Road, Hunslet, to mark Ciaran’s 21st birthday.
Coun Kim Groves (Lab, Middleton Park) added: “For someone to be there in the community at Margaret and Andrea’s ages, stepping up to the challenges and linking young people and the elderly in our community, it’s brilliant really.”
Tickets for the launch party, which will feature live music, dinner and a raffle, cost £30.
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