A charitable trust set up in memory of a murdered South Tyneside teenager is branching out to help the family of a Liverpool man who was stabbed to death.
Loved ones of 51-year-old Steven Tucker reached out to the Glen Corner Trust in South Shields on Tuesday – the ninth anniversary of Glen’s death.
Glen was stabbed to death on his 16th birthday, in August 26. Tuesday would have seen him turn 25.
Mr Tucker, a father-of-five, died in hospital after being stabbed in an apartment block on August 1.
The Glen Corner Trust has stepped in to help pay for the funeral as well as offer support to his family.
Trust member Mark Wood, a close friend of Glen and his family, said: “We’ve never turned a family away when they’ve come to us for help but I think this is the first family we’ve helped outside of the area, and for them to have heard of us from Liverpool is fantastic. It means the word is getting out there about what we do.”
It was a very emotional day for the family but this is what the Trust is all about and we want to help other families because we know what they’ve been through and how difficult it is.Mark Wood, Glen Corner Trust
The 40-year-old, from South Shields, added: “For it to come on Glen’s anniversary was strange but fitting.
“It was a very emotional day for the family, but this is what the Trust is all about and we want to help other families because we know what they’ve been through and how difficult it is.” A fundraising page set up by the Glen Corner Trust has already raised more than £100 for Mr Tucker’s family.
A statement from one of his children posted on the page says: “Everyone who knew him loved him for the kind man he was.
“This has sent a shockwave through the family. We are all absolutely devastated that dad’s life has been taken away.”
The Glen Corner Trust has also worked for tougher sentences for knife crimes and to raise awareness among young people of the dangers of carrying a knife.
n To donate to Mr Tucker’s family, go to www.gofundme.com/rb224qng