THE family of a man who died after a battle with mental health problems are trying to raise money to cover his funeral costs.

The body of Lee Heywood was found near Hollins Lane in Unsworth at the start of month, just hours after he was reported missing.

Lee’s sister, Natalie Curley, said the 37-year-old had struggled with depression and anxiety for two years prior to his death.

She described the father-of-five, who worked as a warehouse operative at Foot Asylum in Heywood Distribution Park, as having a “heart of gold”.

“Lee was brilliant,” she said. “He would do anything for anyone. He had a heart of gold and was a brilliant dad.

“We were very close, especially over the last 18 months when he would come to look after my boys.

“We never thought he would do this. I spoke to him the day before he died and he seemed fine.”

Lee’s funeral was held at Blackley Crematorium last month, but his family are now asking for help to cover the unexpected costs, estimated to be in the region of £6,000.

A charity car wash and fun fair will take place at Hollins Community Centre, in Hollins Lane, from 12pm-5pm tomorrow.

Radcliffe-based Maverick Valeting have offered up their services for a minimum £5 donation, while there will also be a cake sale, kids activities and a raffle.

To help cover the funeral costs, as well as those of a headstone, Ms Curley’s partner, Chris Jones, has also signed up to take on the Great Manchester Run next month.

“It was not a cost we thought we would have to pay at this time,” said Ms Curley.

“None of us were prepared for what happened and Lee did not leave much.”

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