‘Public’s response has been very humbling’

Derek Leyland with a photo of his late son, David, has been waiting nearly four years to hear the inquest to his death. INNT 06-056-FP
Derek Leyland with a photo of his late son, David, has been waiting nearly four years to hear the inquest to his death. INNT 06-056-FP

DEREK Leyland, the father of the Ballyclare man killed at a Mallusk landfill site, has thanked the public for their generosity.

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

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

His father Derek held a collection for a raffle in aid of the Red Cross Fire and Emergency Support Service (FESS) in Asda on Saturday.

The FESS provided valuable support to the family while rescue teams searched the landfill site for David.

During Saturday’s collection £267 was raised. Derek said: “I would like to thank the public for their incredible generosity, it was very humbling.

“We were in Asda for the entire day and people came up to talk to us about David and their memories of him. I was overwhelmed by the support and the generosity.”

Derek is also holding a final fundraiser on Thursday, September 13 for his raffle in the Bureau bar in Whiteabbey.

Mayor, Alderman Victor Robinson will draw the winning ballots at Mossley Mill the following day.

There are a number of great prizes, including a stay in the Galgorm, vouchers for the Bureau and a games console.