A BRAVE sporting teenager who died from a brain tumour has inspired donations totalling more than £2,000 for the nurses who cared for him.
Hundreds of family and friends mourned the death of keen golfer Alistair Turner, 19, at a packed funeral, following his death last December.
The former Outwood Grange pupil died peacefully at his home on Ruskin Avenue, Wrenthorpe, with his family around him.
He had been diagnosed with a brain tumour, and was cared for at home by the Zigsaw Team, which looks after youngsters with life-threatening illnesses, following hospital treatment.
After his death, the Leeds and District Union of Golf Clubs donated £1,250 to the Zigsaw Team. Alistair had won a trophy from the union’s junior section shortly before falling ill.
And his family gave £850 following a collection at his funeral – cash which will help the Zigsaw Team care for other seriously-ill youngsters.
His mum, Jane Turner, said: “The Jigsaw Team’s help in caring for Alistair during the last few weeks of his life was invaluable, and we will always be very grateful for the support they gave us during that difficult time.
“The team does an incredible job in the community and we hope the donation will help them to continue their essential work.”
Mrs Turner said Alistair was well known through playing football and cricket for local teams and also as a member of Low Laithes Golf Club, near Ossett.
She said: “Alistair was an all-round sportsman. At his funeral there were almost 400 people. We were amazed.”
The Zigsaw Team cares for young people with life-threatening illnesses in the home. Donations are used to buy equipment which would made a difference to a child’s end of life.
Jigsaw team leader Christina Vickers said: “It was an honour to care for such a lovely young man, and the funds will be put to good use in our work to care for young people in the district.”