Grateful Northern Ireland family present Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust with £10,000 donation

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Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust has been presented with a cheque for £10,000 after the local charity played a vital role in bringing young Northern Ireland man Zachary Geddis back home to his family. 

The Geddis Family along with members of the Zanshin Shotokan Karate Club, friends, family and Sensei Brennan 8th Dan from the Karate Union of Great Britain recently presented the local charity with the cheque.

The money was raised on behalf of the KBRT after the charity’s dedication to bring Zachary home to Northern Ireland with speed and dignity.

Zachary Geddis (20) took his own life in his London Accommodation Hall’s in March 2017 while attending the University of the Art’s.

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Whilst travelling to London the Geddis’ Family was put in touch with the KBRT by a family member and with only three emails the arrangements were made to have Zachary make his final journey across the water home to his family by boat and he was never left alone.

This took place within 6 days of him passing and could have taken 3 week’s without their assistance, the family told Newry Times.

Louise Geddis, Zachary’s Mummy made a dedicated speech to the KBRT during the presentation, thanking them for what they did for her family. She also thanked the supporters before stating, “They are all Superstars!” – a comment that Zachary used often to highlight his love for those close to him.

Zachary Geddis (20) took his own life in his London Accommodation Hall’s in March 2017

The money was raised through various fundraising events and activities, with Zachary’s sister Yasmin raising £4500 through her GoFundMe Page and collection boxes in various establishments throughout the triangle area and her own sponsorship from. In particular, the family thanked Costa Coleraine, Starbucks, Ground Espresso Bar, Anchor Bar and Complex and Morelli’s Ice Cream. 

Fundraisers were also held by the Banshee Irish Dancing Club and the Encore Theatre Company. Many private donations were also made and the family received a lot of support from the community across Northern Ireland as the story of Zachary touched many households across the country.

The Geddis Family are now planning on starting up their own trust in Zachary’s memory and are holding a fundraising Quiz Night in Shenanigan’s (Bar 7) on Friday 25th August 2017 starting at 7pm.

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