Donations pour in to celebrate lifelong charity volunteer

The family of a former Blackpool Victoria Hospital volunteer have raised £1,194.50 in memory of their generous son.

From left: Lisa McKenzie, Andrew Sage, George Johnson, Helen Sage, Fatmire Syla, Sharon Clitheroe, Kila Redfearn

David Sage, 32, passed away earlier this year but his legacy lives on through his lifetime of charity work.

Formerly a “Navigator” at The Vic, David’s mum Helen set up a JustGiving page so those who couldn’t attend the funeral could donate money in his name.

Helen said: “Over 300 people came to his funeral, but a lot couldn’t come. So, we had the JustGiving page in lieu of flowers and we wanted to do something positive with the money.”

His network of friends spanned the globe and the page has been used as a reminder of the wonderful work he did for various charities.

The donation was presented to Blue Skies, the charity for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, where it’ll be put into the Cardiac Fund to enhance patient care. Helen praises Mr Zacharias, Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon, and his fellow NHS staff, who looked after David when he spent his final few months at the hospital.

“He particularly wanted to give back to The Vic because the care he received in this unit was absolutely outstanding, he couldn’t speak highly enough about all the staff.”

Having suffered with an incredibly rare form of Muscular Dystrophy for his entire life, David devoted his time to giving back to the community.

Helen explains that he had received a heart transplant at just 17 years old, and saw the following 15 years as a real gift to which he could help other people.