A HEARTBROKEN Burntisland family has sent a big thank you to members of the community who rallied round to help them in their time of need.
Devastated Tina and Alan McLean, whose eldest son Barry (26), was killed following an incident in the town at the end of May, have been astounded by the support shown to them, their other children Lisa (24) and Craig (21), and Barry’s partner Jennifer and the couple’s 10-month-old son Connor.
In just two months over £6000 has been raised in the town to provide a trust fund for little Connor. Some of the money will also be used to put a bench in Barry’s memory in Burntisland cemetery.
“We have been absolutely bowled over by the generosity shown by the people of Burntisland,” said Mr McLean.
“At his funeral we held a collection which raised over £2000, and the people who run the post office in the town have been collecting for a trust fund for Connor and they have raised a huge amount.
“Barry’s friends also held a fundraising event in the Smuggler’s Inn, with a raffle and tombola as well as entertainment and face painting and that raised £1400.
“They are going to buy a memorial bench with some of the money and the rest will go to Connor to help with things like buying him clothes and shoes.
“It has been an absolute nightmare time for all of the family, but things like this show us how much everyone loved Barry and have helped us all to get through it.
“We have all lived in Burntisland all our lives and it is great that there is such community spirit here.”
Barry, who worked as an electrician with Fife Council, was well known in the town and used to have a job as a milk boy.
“He was a member of the town’s Boys Brigade and also a former footballer.
“He loved going to the gym and keeping fit and he just lived for his friends and family,” added mum Tina.
“Everyone has been really great and we just wanted to thank them all for their support.”