Tributes paid to ‘funny, caring, handsome’ Alex Steele

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A charity football match has been organised to raise funds for the funeral of a young man who took his own life.

Alex Steele, 28, from Elland, died last Thursday after battling depression.

He had only recently set up his own joinery business and worked at Andy Thornton, West Vale, for a number of years.

Now kind well-wishers are rallying around to raise as much money as they can to cover funeral expenses. A charity football tournament, auction and family fun day will be held this Sunday, October 23, at Elland Cricket Club, Hullen Edge Road, from 1pm.

Donations and items for the auctions have flooded in from people touched by the plight of Alex’s family.

Speaking about his friend, Vaughan Boon said: “He was just a character - at any event he was full of life. I think that’s why the fundraising has got so big, because people realise what sort of a person he was.”

A fundraising page set up described Alex as a “fantastic person”.

It said: “Alex touched so many lives, made so many smile and was loved by many many people. [He] was a fantastic person - a funny, caring, handsome, friendly, silly person.

“We will all miss him dearly.”

The event will also be attended by local celebrity runner and mental health campaigner Mush Cade, also known as the Pink Running Machine.

He is undertaking a challenge to run 29 miles each day in the days leading up to the event.

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