Memorial bench tribute to birthday boy Drew Eastaff
A FROME man has been honoured by his colleagues with a memorial bench.
Drew Eastaff, who would have celebrated his 21st birthday on Monday, died suddenly in April after a night out with friends in Frome.
He had been a care worker for several months at Somerset Care before his death and made many friends in that short space of time.
His colleagues began a collection soon after hearing the sad news and decided to honour him with a bench. It was unveiled on Monday in front of his colleagues, family, including mother Teresa Payne, cousin Lina, aunt Sharon and grandparents.
Operations manager Kim Dominey was given the honour of unveiling the bench.
Jenny Futcher, Drew's supervisor, said: "I only knew him for a short time but felt like we had known him for a lifetime.
"We wanted to mark his 21st birthday with something special and that is why we chose the bench.
"We started a collection soon after he died. We were a little bit short so contacted Whitehall Garden Centre, in Lacock, who donated the rest, for which we are very grateful.
"The bench is here for a reason and that is for anyone who knew Drew to come and sit and enjoy it."
His mother said she was deeply touched by what the staff had done.
Mrs Payne said: "I feel really humbled that the staff have done this for him.
"I'd like to thank Somerset Care and all the staff and colleagues who donated to the wonderful bench."
There is a birthday party in memory of Drew on Saturday from 8pm at Frome Rugby Club and anyone that knew him is welcome. It is in aid of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.