Caudwell Children feels the Stephen Gately effect

Boyzone singer's fans and well-wishers answer request for donations

The charity Stephen Gately's husband asked fans to donate to instead of sending flowers after the Boyzone singer's death earlier this month has so far been pledged £30,000.

Gately was appointed a goodwill ambassador for Caudwell Children in 2008 but had helped the charity for several years previously.

The singer was a friend of John Caudwell, the charity's founder, chair and main benefactor, and had attended events with his husband Andrew Cowles on behalf of the organisation.

Cowles asked fans and well wishers to make donations to the charity instead of sending flowers after Gately's death on 10 October. One anonymous donor pledged £5,000.

A spokesman for the charity, whose ambassadors include celebrities Elizabeth Hurley, Bruce Forsyth and Robbie Williams, said it was talking to Cowles about staging a memorial concert for the singer.

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