THE family of a man who was an inspiration to thousands during his short life have launched a charity in his memory.

Born with a terminal heart and lung condition, Errol Matthews was not expected to live past his sixth birthday.

But he defied the medics and fought on, raising thousands for charity until his death at the age of 22.

Now, five years later, his family are honouring Errol’s final wishes and continuing his fundraising mission, with the launch of the Stars in the Sky charity.

Their first ever event will take place on August 26 where families can join together and remember the loved ones they have lost. It aims to raise hundreds of pounds for Naomi House and Jacksplace hospices.

Errol, from St Denys, was born with pulmonary atresia – a terminal condition that affects the artery taking blood to the lungs.

He threw his energy into raising thousands of pounds for charity through jumble sales, discos and special under-18 dance nights.

The August 26 event will run from midday until 6pm, at Tanners Brook School field and playground, in Millbrook.