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Saturday 16 December 2017

Beverley's family sets up charity to honour her memory after tragic crash

THE family of tragic popstar Beverley O'Sullivan has set up a dedicated charity foundation in her honour.

The fundraising efforts will culminate with the hosting of the Beverley Butterfly Ball on November 6 to coincide with the first anniversary of her death.

Beverley (27), from Donaghmede in Dublin, was tragically killed in a car accident while holidaying in India with her boyfriend, Stephen Reeves, on November 2 last year.

Beverley's parents, Bernadine and Owen, and her younger brother, Wayne, have decided to create the Beverley Butterfly Foundation to honour their loved one's memory.

Wayne's girlfriend Joanne Weadick told the Herald that the majority of the money raised will be sent to India to improve the medical facilities in the area where Beverley lost her life

"At the moment, it's full steam ahead, we're not a registered charity but we have set up a bank account in the foundation's name," she said.

"We're hoping to send 80pc of the money raised to India to hopefully provide an ambulance for the area where the crash happened and the hospital where Beverley and Steve were brought, and 20pc for the ISPCA because she loved animals, especially cats and dogs.

"I think doing something positive like this is really keeping them going, trying to make some positive out of such a tragedy.

"November is going to be a hard time with the anniversary of the accident but hopefully this event will be a source of comfort for the family.

"The event will be pink tie rather than black tie to keep the positive emphasis going."

The O'Sullivan family wishes to make the ball an annual event.

Beverley was an established pop singer and received several awards including Gold and Platinum discs for her time with Irish pop band Fifth Avenue.

She also starred in a slapstick Irish movie in the months before her death, Happy Ever Afters, which premiered in Dublin in December.

She played a cabaret singer and also contributed six songs to the film's soundtrack.

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