A GRANDFATHER is spearheading a fundraising drive for the family his son left behind after his death.
Musician Nigel Reid, 46, is backed by many friends and South Cheshire bands in his bid to support his son's girl-friend Sarah Gunnett, 29, and their children, Violet, six months, and Ethan, six.
Crewe-born Jason Reid, 26, died suddenly of a heart attack on St Valentine's Day in 2005 - just hours after he sent his father a text telling him he was to be a grandad again.
Events at the Imperial Hotel and the Camelot Suite in Crewe raised £1,500.
Now a third event is to raise more money and mark the anniversary of Jason's death.
His father Nigel, of Westholme Close in Wistaston, said: 'Jason was a fit and healthy young man. He moved from Crewe to Northamptonshire in 1999 to find work. He fell in love with Sarah and within 15 months they had a lovely baby boy, making me a proud grandad.
'In February, Jason started to complain of chest pains and went to his local hospital.
'The following day he had more pain and saw his doctor. It was put down to severe indigestion. Within two hours Jason collapsed. He was later pronounced dead at Kettering Hospital.'
Jason, a former Victoria School pupil, had not considered taking out life insurance at his young age.
His father Nigel, a former guitarist with the band New Sweet Sensation, added: 'We can never replace Jason but at least we can help give the children a start in life.'
Fundraiser: A Jason Reid
Memorial concert takes place on February 25 at Nantwich Civic Hall and will feature music by New Sweet Sensation, Vavoom and Preacher.
At the turntable will be DJ Andy Scoffin. It's 8pm until late and tickets are £10. They can be bought on the door or by calling Nigel Reid in advance on 07913954030 or Alan on 07932617541.