Tributes paid to young joiner Aaron Smith as family launch fundraiser to pay for funeral he deserves

Fundraiser launched to give young joiner the send off he deserves after death last month

Tributes have been paid to a Scots joiner following his sudden death earlier this week.

Aaron Smith, 21, passed away on Monday morning and his family have set up a fundraising page in memory of the tragic workman. Sister Rhiannon, 17, has organised the GoFundMe page which has raised more than £3000 in just two days.

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Rhiannon, from Haddington, East Lothian, posted this poignant message on the page: “Sadly [on] the morning of 28/11/22 we lost a beloved family member, Aaron. He was a character. He made everyone laugh and smile around him, he was always the show off. Words cannot describe the pain in our chests, we still cannot believe it.

Aaron Smith died suddenly last month

“In honour of Aaron we’d love to give him the send off he deserves.Aaron, you will never know how missed you are. You’ll forever be in everyone’s heart. Let’s give Aaron the send off he deserves. Forever 21. Speak up. Men’s mental health matters, men cry too. It’s okay to not be okay.”

And yesterday the teen added: “I just want to thank everyone who have shared and donated, this means the absolute world to my family. Aaron will be smiling from the stars, unbelievably proud of everyone single one of us. Aaron, I love you dearly. Until we meet again beautiful boy.”

Aaron’s mother Sarah Ewan also posted: “This is the worst time of my life - no mother should have to bury their child. I’m absolutely devastated.

“I never ask for anything but I’m ever so grateful for everyone’s donations so far, it means the world to me and I’m overwhelmed with all the support I’ve been offered so far. I’d love to give him the send off he deserves. My blue eyed boy, taken far too soon.”

Devastated friends have also taken to social media to pay their respects to Aaron. Kristie Spence posted: “Sending love, Aaron was amazing and will never be forgotten.” Pauline Todd said: “No words will help at this heartbreaking time but sending you lots of love and strength.”

And Debbie Woodward simply added: “Utterly heartbreaking.”

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