Charity in memory of Del Singh

Daily Echo: Del Singh Del Singh

HE was robbed of the chance to fulfil all his dreams.

But now family and friends are determined to ensure that a Southampton man killed in a terrorist attack can still achieve those ambitions through them with a charity in his name.

Del Singh was just 39 when he was one of 21 people killed in a restaurant attack in the Afghan capital Kabul.

Tributes flooded in from around the world for the Labour MEP candidate, including from Labour Party leader Ed Miliband, and hundreds of people, including political heavyweights, attended his funeral in the city.

Now the Del Singh Foundation has been set up and aims to help the disadvantaged, addressing issues like homelessness, the unemployed, young people and women’s rights.

It was created in the wake of Del’s death in January, after friends asked how they could donate in his memory.

Money was also raised at his funeral and in time Del’s family hope the foundation will reach £5,000 soon so it can get charitable status.

Many of Del’s friends are already planning charity marathons, but the principal fundraising event will be an annual cricket match in Southampton in honour of the cricket fan.

Del’s sister Dishi Phangurha has been instrumental in setting up the foundation and will continue to oversee it.

She said the foundation would either give ongoing donations to a number of different charities that Del, of Northumberland Road, St Mary’s, supported such as London Street Rescue or support its own projects.

The charity will focus on UK schemes, particularly in the local area.

She said if there was enough funding, it would include a scholarship programme supporting disadvantaged people through education.

However, she said it was not just about raising money but getting people to donate their time and effort in the way that Del did.

Humanitarian campaigner Del had worked in international aid for more than a decade helping to restore war-torn countries like Sierra Leone, Kosovo and Afghanistan and was also a south east candidate in the upcoming European Parliament elections.

However, Del volunteered mentoring job seekers and helping homeless and other under-privileged people in Southampton.

“He really liked to help people,” said Dishi, 34

“Whatever he had left to give back to the world we’ll do it for him.

“It wasn’t his time so we have got to fulfil some of the dreams he still had.”

To donate send a cheque payable to the Del Singh Foundation to Co-op Funeral Services, 122 St Mary’s Road, Southampton, SO14 OBJ or donate to the Del Singh Foundation account at Barclays Bank, account number 50285153 sort code 20-79-29.

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