Tragic family’s tribute to son

Parents Sue and Peter and brother Jeavon with the charity's website homepage

Parents Sue and Peter and brother Jeavon with the charity's website homepage

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A FAMILY devastated by tragedy have turned to sport to make a lasting legacy in their son’s name.

Determined something positive should come from 30-year-old Ben Trend’s death, his Marton-based family have formed a charity which is set to benefit sporting organisations to the tune of thousands of pounds.

Ben, a personal fitness trainer, died after collapsing on a South African beach as he holidayed with his wife Verena in April 2010.

A fitness enthusiast, he had raised more than £25,000 for charity in his lifetime by running marathons – and now the Ben Trend Get Involved foundation is carrying on that work.

It has already raised £22,000 and Ben’s dad, Peter, said: “We started the foundation because he was a very active young man and we wanted to really keep his name alive.

“He was only 30 when he died and had already raised a lot of money for charity, so we thought it would be a nice gesture to create a foundation with his name.

“Ben was a very positive person, that’s why we wanted to be positive when he died. It’s called Get Involved because that was one of Ben’s favourite sayings.”

Cash has flooded in from events staged by generous friends and family across the world. Mr Trend and other family members ran a 10k race in Richmond – where Ben married his wife – six months to the day after he died and a friend now living in Australia donated cash after taking part in the Sydney Mud Run.

A memorial match staged on Easter Saturday at Fylde Rugby Club, where Ben played before moving to London, raised thousands for the cause.

Mr Trend added: “I would like to think the money raised shows how popular Ben was.

“We’ve donated £600 to the Blackpool Polar Bears, a multi-disability swimming group, to help them buy equipment and we’re actively looking for other people to support.”

To find out more about the foundation log onto www.bentrendgetinvolved.com.