Update on Saturday, January 3: The funeral of Uckfield butcher Daniel Osborne who died, aged 25, in a car crash on Monday, December 29, is due to take place on Wednesday, January 21.
It will be at Eastbourne Crematorium at 2.30pm. DJ Osborne Family Butcher’s shop will close at noon that day and reopen at 9.30am on Thursday, January 22.
The funeral will be followed by a celebration of Daniel’s life from 4.30pm at Blackstock Farm, Grove Hill, Hellingly.
If you are able to attend either the service at Eastbourne Crematorium or the celebration of life please click ‘Join’ on the event’s Facebook page: Daniel’s funeral service and celebration of his life.
The family is looking for a DJ who would offer their services as a donation for the wake. If you are able to help please email Daniel’s widow Kayleigh on Kay.email@example.com or message her on Facebook.
From our story on Wednesday, December 31: A trust fund is being set up for the baby daughter of Uckfield butcher Daniel Osborne.
The fund is the idea of Kimberley Christie-Sturges and husband Ian Sturges, grandparents of four-week-old Sophie Jessica Osborne. They hope people will contribute to help support Sophie in the future.
They are also appealing for people to continue supporting D J Osborne Family Butcher’s shop in Framfield Road. Daniel and Kayleigh leased the shop and Kayleigh is determined to keep it open to make sure Dan’s business dream lives on.
Kimberley, mother of Kayleigh, has told on the RIP Daniel Osborne Facebook page about how this is the second tragedy to strike the family in two years. Kayleigh’s 19-year-old sister Jess Christie-Sturges was also killed in a car crash.
Kimberley told UckfieldNews.com that after losing Jess the family was swamped with flowers in an outpouring of sympathy but she is hoping this time that people might instead make contributions to Sophie’s fund which will directly help the little girl as she grows up.
She said: “Dan was a lovely man who always noticed when people needed help. Last Saturday, for example, he was looking out of the window when he noticed his next door neighbour had fallen down and couldn’t get up, even with the help of her husband. He went out and carried her into her house. There are many similar examples of the way he would help others.”
Kimberley says on Facebook:
“Dan and Kayleigh have been a couple since school. They were an amazing couple together. I don’t think there is anyone in the world could say otherwise. They were not only caring to each other but to the community, always being the first to help anyone.
“As a family our lives were shattered on the 30/10/12 when Kayleigh’s only sister Jess Christie-Sturges was killed in a car crash just a couple of miles from where we live. Jess was only 19. Kayleigh then became an only child.
“Then on 30th August, 2013, Dan and Kayleigh tied the knot and got married. As a family we all smiled and we were happy. Joy had been once again brought back into our lives.
“On the 30th November 2014, a little miracle was born, Sophie Jessica Osborne. It made Kayleigh and Dan parents but made us grandparents.
“We walked around with the biggest smiles on our faces. Jess had sent a little miracle and once again I could see a future. Christmas once again had meaning. We spent the time all together. It was amazing. Only if you have lost someone can you fully understand how that truly felt.
“Then on Monday 29th December 2014, the phone call every parent dreads. A daughter screaming down the phone that our precious Dan was dead. He had hit a tree on his way to work when his car hit some ice. No this can’t be happening, not twice to the same family.
“Our lives are totally shattered. At the age of 24 Kayleigh became a widow and Sophie aged only four weeks has been left without her daddy. Dan was an amazing Daddy and so proud of his lovely wife Kayleigh and their beautiful daughter Sophie.
“We have set up an account for Sophie’s future after all the lovely offers of help.”
Kimberley says money can be sent for Sophie in two ways.
One of them is via a PayPal account which has been set up in Sophie’s name but there is a hitch with that at the moment which can’t be sorted out with PayPal until after the weekend so people are asked to pay donations into Kayleigh’s account – firstname.lastname@example.org. From there the money will be transferred into Sophie’s account. Please mark the donation Sophie’s Trust show as a gift to friends/family so that 100% of your money will go into the fund.
Or, Kimberley says, a cheque payable to Miss S Osborne can be sent to the following address: Sophie’s Trust, Woodwind House, 8 Wayside Walk, Heathfield, East Sussex, TN21 0XW.
The family as asking for this information to be shared so that it reaches as many people as possible.
Kimberley says: “I never ever thought I would have to do this, but our lives have shattered into a million pieces. Just how this can happen twice in one family I just don’t know.
“Thank you from the bottom of our shattered hearts for the love you have shown.”
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