Campaign launched to raise awareness of carbon monoxide poisoning
FREE carbon monoxide detectors will be given away to prevent further tragic deaths from the silent killer.
In the wake of the loss of two well-known people who died from carbon monoxide poisoning, Humberston Lions and the Grimsby Telegraph are teaming up to ensure as many households as possible have a detector fitted.
The campaign comes as relatives and friends of Graham Beesley prepare for the funeral at Grimsby Minster of the popular mountaineer and ski instructor.
A service will take place at 2pm on Thursday, October 25 for the popular man, who was often based at the Grimsby Telegraph offices in his role as a trainer for Northcliffe Media.
As reported, Graham, 59, of North Cotes was found dead at his home on September 27.
An inquest opening heard he died after inhaling a high level of carbon monoxide from a faulty wood burner.
And in the same week, an inquest held into the death of Cleethorpes resident Elaine Coley revealed she died from fumes from a faulty portable gas heater. One of Graham's many friends, Dave Harrison, of Humberston and North Sea Lions has organised the launch of the free detector campaign, along with the Grimsby Telegraph.
He has also enlisted the support of the director of Your Local Tradesmen, Garry Lewis, who has pledged to supply and fit the detectors.
Dave said: "We want to work with the Grimsby Telegraph and keep the campaign going for as long as possible.
"Not only we will be raising money for detectors but we will arrange for them to be fitted. It is also about educating people about the need for them.
"I was a friend of Graham's and I would like to do this in his memory. He was a great guy and it is a terrible tragedy."
He added: "If we can save one life in the next few years, it will have been worthwhile."
So far more than 300 carbon monoxide detectors have been fitted or ordered by families in response to a Grimsby Telegraph advertising campaign.
Graham's mother Joan has also backed the campaign.
And editor of the Grimsby Telegraph, Michelle Lalor said: "Graham was very fondly regarded by all his former colleagues within Northcliffe Media and will be missed by all who knew him.
"If other lives can be saved as a result of publicity surrounding this very sad event then something positive will have come out of his death – that is what he would have wanted."
One of Graham's closest friends, Ian Robinson said: "All of Graham's family support the campaign. We can maybe save a life even though we have lost one.
"We all know we should have a detector. We are all in danger of putting it off."
Mr Lewis anticipates there will be 500 more homes in North East Lincolnshire with new carbon monoxide detectors by the end of this week.
He is supplying them at a loss.
Mr Lewis said: "We are losing money on them, but the point is we are making a difference."
To receive your free carbon monoxide detector contact Humberston Lions on 0845 833 1828 or email email@example.com
Anyone wishing to donate to the fund to install carbon monoxide detectors can get in touch in the same way.
Information on carbon monoxide alarms can be obtained by calling 01472 803309 or visit www.yltuk.co.uk