Fund to pay for Burnley student’s funeral

Liam Thompson. (S)
Liam Thompson. (S)
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The family of a caring and “exceptionally clever” young Burnley man found dead next to a railway line on New Year’s Day say they are no closer to finding out what happened to him a week later.

Friends have now launched a fund-raising campaign to help pay for the funeral of university student Liam Thompson (20), who was discovered near Towneley Crossing, Hufling Lane, shortly before 8-30am after celebrating New Year’s Eve with friends in Burnley town centre.

His devastated mother Trudi Thompson, who lives off Padiham Road, still has no idea what happened to Liam and has been unable to plan his funeral because of the costs.

Her friend and former colleague Samantha Cousins has now launched an online fund-raising campaign to give heavy metal fan Liam, who did his A-levels at Thomas Whitham Sixth Form, a fitting send-off.

Well-wishers have already donated a third of the £1,000 target and Samantha is hoping more people will help with the cause.

“Trudi was worrying about what kind of a send-off he was going to get. She’s a student nurse so she hasn’t got much in the way of funds. There is a social fund available to help with funeral costs but you need a funeral date to be set and she can’t do that yet because she can’t pay the deposit. It’s a catch-22 situation.

“It was so unexpected as well. Trudi had his 21st birthday present ready. It’s heart-breaking but she has lots of friends round her as well as her mum and her brother.”

Samantha said Liam was extremely close to his mum, who works at the Royal Blackburn Hospital, and often looked after his younger brother Riley (4).

“Liam was quiet, kept himself to himself and was exceptionally clever. He spent a lot of time with his mum and his brother. It’s making it worse for Trudi that she doesn’t know what happened to him.”

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