FaceBook campiagn raises cash in memory of Padiham man and Burnley FC fan (51)

remembered: Mick Brahney (s)

remembered: Mick Brahney (s)

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DONATIONS in memory of former park ranger Michael Brahney have reached more than £1,856.69 for Pendleside Hospice.

Friends of football fan Mr Brahney boosted the fund through internet links after hearing about his death in July.

Burnley Council shop steward Mr Brahney, who was 51 and lived in St Anne’s Street, Padiham, died after a short illness and had spent time at the hospice.

His wife, Bev, said: “Mick regularly spent his Wednesdays in the Day Therapy Unit relaxing and enjoying fun times with family, friends and staff.”

She asked for donations for the hospice to be made at his funeral, and raised nearly £200.

Known for his sense of humour, Mr Brahney set up a Facebook page in honour of his favourite football team, Leeds United.

A minute’s silence was held in his memory at the first game of the season. Friends made through the page have been keen to contribute to his Pendleside fund and set up a Just Giving page “Burnley in Exile” for anyone to donate in his memory. To date, the page has raised £1,063.

Mr Brahney’s sister, Susan Garnett, made her own contribution by taking part in the hospice Midnight Walk, and with her friend, Lynda, raised £483

Added Mrs Brahney: “We wanted to give something back as the hospice is always a happy place, full of lovely people. Thank you to everyone who has donated and helped us raise so much money”.

To make a donation in Mr Brahney’s memory go to www.justgiving.com/burnleyinexile