A GRIEVING sibling is preparing to hold a fundraising night in memory of his only brother who died suddenly.
Deano Franciosy is organising the event at The Wheatsheaf in Roker Avenue on Saturday to pay tribute to his brother Kevin who died aged just 47.
Deano, 40, is a veteran fund-raiser having raised about £60,000 for numerous charities over the past 22 years by doing everything from sponsored bag packs to climbing up and down Penshaw Monument for three hours with a 28lb weight on his back.
He has collected more than £30,000 for Diabetes UK in memory of his mum Edna Gardner, who died in 2001 from complications of the condition.
And now Deano has another cause close to his heart. He wants to say thank you to the intensive and critical care unit (ICCU) at Sunderland Royal Hospital, which cared for his beloved brother in his final days in September.
Tattoo artist Kevin, a father and grandfather from Ashbrooke, died after developing an infection in is his leg, leaving his family shocked and devastated.
The charity event will feature a disco, a raffle, games, prize draws and snacks. Entry is £3 on the door from 7pm until late.
“I would love to do it for my brother because we were so close,” Deano who has a 44-year-old sister Donna, said. “We are a very close family and he was my only brother.
“He was very well loved. He was such a kind, loving, person. I’ve been crying every day since it happened. I just can’t believe it. He was only 47.”
On Sunday, Deano completed a sponsored sky dive, raising £151.