A FUND to help budding musicians has been set up in memory of a talented Washington band member.
Family and friends were left devastated after Ian Leaf’s body was found earlier this month after a 48-hour search.
Mystery still surrounds the death of the popular 30-year-old, of Oxclose, who was a school audio technician, but his friends and family have channelled their grief into fund-raising.
Before his disappearance, Ian, a bass player with local band My Attorney, worked at Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy, in Birtley, as an audio visual technician. He had previously worked at Washington School for five years.
Six of the talented musician’s guitars are being donated to the school where he worked as his family want to keep his memory alive.
His friends have also set up a charity fund in Ian’s memory which they hope will inspire the next generation of musicians.
Ian’s dad, Albert, 61, a retired employers’ service manager, who is married to Pat, 62, said: “Ian would be absolutely thrilled that so many people were remembering him as a musician.
“We’re amazed at the number of people from so many areas who have been helped by Ian.
“He always had a smile and a wicked sense of humour to make people laugh.
“That’s how people will remember him and that’s helping us get through the difficult time.”
More than £1,500 has already been raised for the charity Youth Music in Ian’s name.
To donate to Ian’s fund or pay a tribute, visit leafy.muchloved.com