Repatriation Run and fundraising in memory of Kevin Bell
Kevin Bell, a 26 year old Killeavy native was killed yesterday morning (Sunday) in New York, the victim of a hit-and-run.
The accident occurred on 233 Street, Oneida Avenue between the hours of 3.30 – 4.00am (NY Time).
Kevin was a well-known butcher in William Baird’s of Newry before leaving last August for New York.
A past pupil of Cloughogue Primary School and Abbey Grammar School, Kevin was very involved in local GAA, and the musical society. The news of his tragic death has shocked the entire Newry & Mourne area.
Following Kevin’s tragic death a number of fundraising initiatives have been arranged including a Quiz in the Canal Court Hotel on Tuesday 18th June at 9pm.
There will also be a 5km walk and 5km/10km run at Greenbank Industrial Estate in Newry to support Kevin’s repatriation home to Newry.
The event will take place on Thursday 20th June with registration from 6pm at the Shamrocks Clubrooms. The 5km walk will start at 7pm with the 5km/10km runs starting at 7.30pm.
This event will not be chipped and it is not a race so it is suitable for all abilities. It is £10 to enter with additional donations accepted and sponsorship opportunities.
Sponsor cards are available with all of the details available on Facebook.
All of the money raised from the event will go towards Kevin’s repatriation. Many sponsors and volunteers have already pledged their support and sincere thanks is due all those involved. Kevin was a much loved participant in the local sporting scene and it is hoped that large crowds will turn out to support this event.
There is also an account set up specifically in Newry Credit Union where members and non-members can make a donation towards the Fund.
Close friend Patricia Heaney, of Heaney Keenan Funeral Home was due to fly out and visit Kevin at the end of the month. “I had been texting Kevin in the last few weeks, planning our excursions and nights out, he always looked forward to having visitors from home.”
“Kevin was a larger than life character, and although it is a cliché he was the life and soul of every party. Everyone knew and loved him, and those who didn’t know him, knew of him.”
Preparations are under way in order for his remains to be repatriated to his home town, hopefully within the coming week. The family have asked for privacy at this difficult and distressful time, funeral arrangements will be announced late in the week.
They are overwhelmed already with the efforts of friends and neighbours and the outpouring of support.
Kevin is survived by his mother Eithne, father Collie, his twin Brendan, brothers Sean, Eamon and Conor, sisters Ciara and Maeve, brother-in-law Paul, his Grandparents Arthur and Anne Morgan and grandmother Kathleen Bell.
Details of the Repatriation Run are available on Facebook events- Repatriation Run or by contacting Paddy Duffy on Paddy.firstname.lastname@example.org or 07714855290, Nicola McCambley on Nicolamccamley@outlook.com or 07714163541, Eddy Curtis on Eddy.email@example.com or 07801676554, Yasmin Mackin on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07927933548 or Deborah Loughran at email@example.com.
• Quiz Tuesday Night 18th June 9pm Canal Court Hotel
• 5km/10km Run & 5km walk Greenbank Thursday 20th June registration from 6pm, walk at 7pm, run 7.30pm
• Newry Credit Union Account set up for donations
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