FRIENDS and family are to gather at the last place Kirsty Aitchison was seen alive to celebrate the mum-of-four’s life.
Speaking through family friend Derek Todd, the family have broadcast a message of thanks for the outpouring of support and help while 30-year-old Kirsty was missing.
He also revealed how the family has been touched by those donating to a JustGiving page in Kirsty’s name which has reached over £12,000.
Speaking on behalf of Kirsty and her ex-partner Stuart Allison’s families, Derek Todd said, “Both families would like to say thank you for your kind support, love and thoughts.
“They want to thank you from the bottom of their hearts for the fundraising. The money is wonderful and we are overwhelmed.
“No money will replace Kirsty but every penny will support the four children and their futures.”
Yesterday, Stuart Allison, father of Kirsty’s four children – Stuart, Ava, Mia and Lauren – promised her children will never forget her, in a moving message to the tragic 30-year-old.
Friends and family of Kirsty, who was deaf and a British Sign Language (BSL) user, have been in mourning since her body was discovered near the Kingston Bridge in Glasgow on Saturday night.
To help them grieve, the family have invited Kirsty’s friends to come to a memorial gathering on Wednesday June 22.
It is taking place on the Broomielaw, where well-wishers have been leaving floral tributes.
They have asked those attending to bring along a helium-filled balloon in pink, Kirsty’s favourite colour.
At 8 o’clock Kirsty’s family will let go of one balloon only, and then all her friends will let their balloons go into the sky in memory of the mum-of-four.
Kirsty vanished in the early hours of Sunday, June 12, after enjoying a night out at popular bar Campus on Sauchiehall Street.
She was last seen walking barefoot near the Broomielaw area.
Police say her death is not being treated as suspicious.
Chief Inspector John McBride commented: “We would like to thank members of the public and the Deaf/BSL community for their support and assistance throughout this investigation.
“Our thoughts and condolences are with Kirsty’s family and friends during this difficult time.”
Her disappearance sparked a campaign throughout the deaf community and beyond, with dedicated accounts being set up via social media and searches taking place throughout the city in an attempt to bring her home to Robroyston.
And, since the heartbreaking conclusion, her loved ones have put their efforts into fundraising for her funeral and “her children’s futures.”
A crowdfunding page has so far raised more than £10,000.
To donate, visit crowdfunding.justgiving.com/kirstyaitchisonfamilyfund
Original Source – Daily Record