THE heartbroken grandmother of Declan Bunting who was fatally stabbed on Wilderspool Causeway has called for the public’s help to give the grieving family the courage to go on.

Pat Lacey has opened up about how the ‘pain of his loss will go on forever’ as they come to terms with the 21-year-old’s sudden death.

Declan died from a stab wound to the chest after he was rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries on the morning of June 16.

His grandma Pat said: “His family will never stop loving him and the pain of his loss will go on for ever. 

“I wish I could say that this was an isolated incident but violence like this is on the increase. 

“Almost daily another family having to go through the same nightmare we are experiencing.”

Pat has since launched a fundraising page to help relieve the financial burden and pay for her grandson’s funeral once his body has been released.

She started the appeal to support Declan’s mum Karen who is ‘distraught and heartbroken by his death’.

She said: “We are all heartbroken by the event. 

“Declan was a gentle soul with a wonderful, kind smile and character to match. 

“This senseless, horrific death will live with our family forever and we will never truly recover from it. 

“Hopefully, soon, Declan will be returned to his family to allow us to say our final goodbyes. 

“No words can comfort them at the moment but I am appealing for help to ease the financial burden they now find themselves in.” 

So far, more than £1,000 has been raised to help support the family financially.

Stuart Rawling, 31, of Wilderspool Causeway, is accused of murdering the 21-year-old.

The suspect will next appear at Liverpool Crown Court on July 19 where he is expected to enter a plea.

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