The co-founder of a charity that supports vulnerable people wants as many people as possible to attend the funeral of a homeless man who passed away recently.
Businessman Adam Dandy, who helped set up Chester SHARE shop, wants the public to say goodbye to Paul Feek who was a regular at the Northgate Street charity shop.
Paul’s funeral takes place at Blacon Crematorium from 10am tomorrow (Tuesday, May 24).
As a mark of respect the shop will be closed with many of its volunteers expected to attend the service.
The SHARE shop – Supporting Homeless and Refugees Everywhere – was opened earlier this year by Chester’s Labour MP Chris Matheson .
Paul was regarded as ‘a friend’ and ‘huge fan’ of the SHARE shop which is appealing for Chester residents to attend his funeral ‘to show their respect for him and to show others who are homeless in our city that they care and are not forgotten’.
Co-founder Adam Dandy said: “So sad, Paul was a gentle giant while he was in the shop, he was always very polite. The last time I saw him he asked me if he could take a bag full of clothes and toiletries off the KindnessWall. He was made up. Paul is just one of many people recently to sadly pass away whilst living on the streets of Chester.”
Mr Dandy, who owns Dandy's Topsoil in Sealand Road, added: “I only hope that in his final weeks that we all showed him that people did care for him.”
Bob Bisset, chief executive of Chester Aid to the Homeless (CATH), said Paul was in his late 40s or early 50s and died while staying at CATH's Crispin House shelter. He said: "He was a lovely lad, Paul."
CATH will also be represented at Paul's funeral.