Daughter of late Haverhill man 'overwhelmed' by response to funeral fund-raising appeal
Friends of a Haverhill woman left 'devastated' and orphaned by the loss of her father have launched a fund-raising drive to help provide him with a fitting funeral.
Joe Manning died at Cleves Place Care Home in Haverhill on January 30 at the age of 64, with his daughter by his side, having been cared for at Addenbrooke's Hospital over Christmas.
He had been battling with illnesses for many years, suffering from a form of blood cancer and from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a lung disease.
He left behind his only child, Alecia, now 25, whom he had raised since her mum, Jackie McKay, passed away in 2005.
Alecia had lived with Joe, who formerly resided at Hazel Close in Haverhill and worked as a carpenter, since she was six.
Two of Alecia's childhood friends set up a Go Fund Me account -to help raise £5,000 for the funeral and wake next week.
On of those friends said: "She is obviously so devastated.
"Her mum passed away when she was about 11. It was just her and her dad and they were as thick as thieves.
"I think she is feeling a little bit lost without him and any kind of help we can give her will relieve a little bit of that.
"It was nice for Alecia to be close to him before he passed away."
The Go Fund Me appeal has now raised about £3,500, and the friend added: "It has been overwhelming to see how much support there has been. Everyone has banded together.
"To see how close they were as father and daughter, anyone would strive for a relationship like they had. It was something quite special."
Joe's funeral service will be held at Cam Valley Crematorium in Saffron Walden at 11am on February 21, followed by a wake in Haverhill and Alecia has requested that people wear a touch of red to honour Joe’s love for Liverpool FC.
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