Can you help give Norwich gay campaigner Dean Simons the send-off he deserves?

Dean Simons, chairman of Norwich Pride. Picture: Supplied.

Dean Simons, chairman of Norwich Pride. Picture: Supplied. - Credit: Supplied

Friends of Norwich Pride chairman Dean Simons, who died aged 51 earlier this month, have set up a fundraising page online to help give him 'a deserved, dignified funeral'.

Mr Simons was one of the men behind the colourful Norwich Pride festival, which celebrated its sixth annual event in the city last year.

Norwich Pride is a celebration from the LGBT community for everyone, and its aim is to ensure that everyone can feel safe and proud to be themselves in the city.

Mr Simons, who was on benefits and lived in Hollis Lane, Norwich, became chairman of Norwich Pride in 2013 after working as the access steward for the organisation.

He died on December 6, and Danielle Sharpe, who helped set up the fundraising page, said: 'With no immediate family we are in desperate need of donations to give this man a deserved dignified funeral.

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'He was an avid gay pride campaigner in Norwich.

'We have set up a funeral donation page online and need to spread the word about this great man. We are looking to raise £1,900 to give Dean Simons the dignified burial he deserves.

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'Dean suffered from spina bifida and was plagued with illnesses his whole life, but as a proud man he never once asked for help from anyone. Yet he would always be there to help others.

'It's heartbreaking for anyone to die around Christmas, but to know he died alone and will remain alone until we can raise this money is truly heart-wrenching for all who knew him.'

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