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MEMORIES OF A STAR Family pay tribute to tragic DJ Stephen Clements with memorial bench in home town Carrickfergus

'Stevie Bench' part of Cheeky walk fundraiser

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Stephen Clements

Stephen Clements

Stephen Clements

The family of late radio star Stephen Clements are set to unveil a touching tribute to the DJ in his home town.

On Saturday a memorial bench will be officially placed right outside Carrickfergus Castle in memory of the much-loved BBC presenter who passed away last year aged 47.

The 'Stevie Bench' will be revealed as part of a men's mental health awareness campaign and a 'Cheeky' charity walk in aid of the foundation set up in the dad of two's name.

The two-mile trek across the seaside town will raise funds for The Stephen Clements Foundation which aims to continue the star's dedicated charity work.

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Carrickfergus where the walk will take place

Carrickfergus where the walk will take place

Carrickfergus where the walk will take place

 

Speaking to the Sunday World yesterday, Stephen's brother Gavin said: "We will be starting the cheeky walk at Windrose car park in Carrickfergus at 1pm and it'll be a two-mile walk from the car park to Fisherman's Quay and back again.

"We are calling it a 'Cheeky Walk' is, that was the name of Stephen's wee dog. He used to walk Cheeky every night around Carrick Castle and round via the car park.

"In true Stevie humour, the reason he called her Cheeky was because she was a bitch...a cheeky bitch, he would say.

"On the way back we'll be unveiling a memorial bench we bought for Stephen at the Castle Green at Carrickfergus so it will be right outside the castle and we are going to have the Music Yard in Larne to perform at the bench.

"We are hoping as many people as possible can come, in their socially distanced bubbles, and we are asking anyone who can attend to wear the colour of blue we have adopted for The Stephen Clements Foundation.

"We are also very pleased that Noah Donohoe's family will also be taking part next Saturday.

"We hope to raise money for the foundation and promote mental health awareness and help the local charities with any money we raise as well, charities that were close to Stephen's heart."

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The former Q Radio star passed away suddenly on January 7, 2020. His death, at the height of his career, shocked the broadcasting world and left thousands of his dedicated fans heartbroken.

His brother Gavin later revealed he had taken his own life after a struggle with mental health.

Saturday's charity event will also see performances from both The Music Yard in Larne and Irish League footballer Tommy Stewart, who last week released a single in aid of mental health.

'I'm A Better Man' was penned by the former Larne FC footballer in hope of opening up more conversations around, it's OK not to be OK.

"We are applying for charitable status and are doing a bit of work with Tiny Life, a charity that Stephen was an ambassador for.

"We try to do legacy stuff for Stephen, so instead of handing a cheque over we want to say, well do you need a park built or can we buy you a bench?

The Cheeky Walk will set off at 1pm from Windrose car park, Carrickfergus, on Saturday.

n If you have been affected by any of the issues in this story, contact the Samaritans on 116123 or Lifeline on 0808 808 8000.

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