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More than £10,000 raised in memory of David Booker from Aylesford

A fundraiser set up to give a much loved man "the send off he truly deserves" has more than doubled its £5,000 target.

The page has been set up in the memory of David Booker, a roofer from Aylesford who died at his home in Lower Bell Lane on February 18, aged 29.

David Booker died in February Picture: Facebook
David Booker died in February Picture: Facebook

Mr Booker tragically took his own life.

A fundraising page set up by friend Lewis Sweet has raised more than £10,100, more than double the original target of £5,000.

Mr Sweet wrote: "We have set this page up to support Dave's family and give him the send off he truly deserves. On behalf of all his closest friends.

"Dave was an incredibly loved person by everyone that knew him, he always put a smile on everyone's faces which is why it makes this so hard to take in.

"Always the life and soul of the party and this has left a hole in all our hearts.

A JustGiving page set up in David Booker's memory has raised more than £10,000 Picture: JustGiving
A JustGiving page set up in David Booker's memory has raised more than £10,000 Picture: JustGiving

"Dave has found peace now, always loved and never forgotten."

More than 200 people have donated to the cause, as well as paying their respects to Mr Booker who was called "Dave the rave" by many donors.

Amy Long wrote: "I love you and our memories. I wish the world wasn't so unfair. I hope you knew how much you meant to me and the girls.

"You were an instant friend and will forever be in my heart. Go do this davey style."

While another anonymous donor added: "David, a true heart of gold that has touched many.

"You were always the life and soul of every occasion and you will be sorely missed. Love you David rest in peace."

An inquest opened into the death of Mr Booker on Monday, March 3 at County Hall in Maidstone. Assistant coroner Joanne Andrews adjourned the full inquest until May.

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