Bolton Lads & Girls Club pays tribute to supporter killed in Nepal air crash

Vincent Kelly was a 'wonderful powerhouse of a man', says trustee Mark Brocklehurst

Vincent Kelly (left) and Mark Brocklehurst
Vincent Kelly (left) and Mark Brocklehurst

Bolton Lads & Girls Club has paid tribute to one of its most prolific supporters, who was one of seven Britons killed in an aeroplane crash in Nepal last week.

Vincent Kelly, 50, a long-standing supporter of the charity, was one of 19 people who died on Friday when a Sita Air plane bound for the Everest region crashed minutes after take-off from Kathmandu, the country’s capital.

His brother, Darren, 45, also died in the crash.

In a statement on Friday, the charity, the UK’s biggest youth centre, said it was "in a state of shock" after hearing the news.

He had been a club member in his youth, before he and his family became "passionate fundraisers" for the club, it said.

Mark Brocklehurst, a trustee of Bolton Lads & Girls Club and Vincent Kelly’s friend for more than 25 years, said: "We are devastated to hear the news of the deaths of Vincent and his brother, Darren.

"It is a terrible tragedy that has seen us lose a wonderful powerhouse of a man, leaving us numb.

"There aren’t enough words to describe just how wonderful Vincent was – a dedicated family man with a generous heart of gold who was a perfect role model for all."

Vincent Kelly cycled 874 miles from John O’Groats to Land’s End last year as part of the Jogle 8 challenge to raise funds to help the club replace its all-weather sports pitch.

He was also part of the Bolton Atlantic Challenge Team, which is aiming to raise funds for the club’s junior mentoring programme by rowing the Atlantic next year.

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