Fundraiser launched in memory of man killed at landfill site

Derek Layland has launched a fundraiser in memory of his son David who died in an accident at a landfill site. INNT 06-056-FP
Derek Layland has launched a fundraiser in memory of his son David who died in an accident at a landfill site. INNT 06-056-FP
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THE family of a man who lost his life in a tragic accident at a Mallusk landfill site have launched a fundraiser for a charity which helped support them during the search for their son’s body.

David Layland was found under hundreds of tonnes of rubbish at the Cottonmount site, following a near 30-hour search operation after the Ballyclare man went missing.

The 23-year-old had been married just three months before the tragedy.

With the anniversary of David’s death approaching, his father Derek Layland has launched a fundraiser to help the Red Cross Fire and Emergency Support Service which supported the family during the search operation.

Derek said: “The support van just showed up and provided a really fantastic service - they were so helpful to us.

“They just offered a pleasant cheerful face; they were so helpful nothing was too much trouble for them.

“You always see the Red Cross out in war-torn regions across the world, I had no idea about the amount of work they did here.

“We just wanted to recognise that valuable service and support it and also to keep the memory of David alive.”

Derek will be in Asda in Ballyclare on August 18 to sell ballots for the prize give-away.

Among the prizes on offer is a meal and overnight stay in the Galgorm Resort and the same at the Templeton Hotel, vouchers for the Bureau and Need For Speed go-karting in Doagh and an X-Box games console.

Derek added: “Each of the prizes has a significance to David. He was married in the Galgorm, went to the Bureau for his stag and loved his X-Box - in fact he was buried with it.

“We held a similar fundraiser last year and raised £524 and we are hoping to top that this year.”

Mayor Victor Robinson is expected to hold the draw in September.

For ballots visit Asda in Ballyclare on Saturday, August 18, or email pslaughlin@hotmail.com.