Sponsored walk for Doncaster dad-to-be Kieran Rylance following rail death tragedy

Friends and family of a Doncaster dad to be who died after he was hit by a train are to stage a fundraising walk in his memory.

By Darren Burke
Tuesday, 19th October 2021, 8:06 am
A sponsored walk is to be held in memory of Kieran Rylance.
A sponsored walk is to be held in memory of Kieran Rylance.

Kieran Rylance, 21, died on Saturday night after he was hit by a train at Rossington level crossing, with his heartbroken brother describing him as a ‘happy young man who was always smiling.’

Since then, grieving friends and family have staged a number of tributes in his memory, with a huge shrine of pictures, flowers and candles building up alonsgide the crossing where villagers have gathered to remember Kieran who set to become a father in the coming months.

A fundraising campaign to pay for his funeral has raised nearly £1,500 just hours after being set up and now a sponsored walk is being planned between the crossing and Armthorpe later this month to further pay tribute.

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Sister Katie said the event will take place on October 30.

She said: “We will be starting from the train lines and we will be heading to his last job at Armthorpe.

"There we will set off some balloons and t-shirts will be made with his picture on.

"Everyone is welcome to join us - all money will go towards giving him the send off he deserves.”

Walkers can meet at the crossing at 11.30am on October 30.

Yesterday, Kieran’s brother Jimmy James paid a touching tribute, describing his sibling as ‘family orientated, kind and happy.’

Jimmy said: “He would do anything for anyone.

“He always had my back and would always help others.”

More than 150 people attended a candlelit vigil on Sunday at the crossing.

Jimmy added that Kieran had struggled since their mother’s death two years ago.

“It’s such a young age for him to have gone,” he said.

“He had a baby girl on the way and none of us knew this is how he was feeling.

“Kieran was happy go lucky and always had a spring in his step.

“Our mum passed away from cancer in 2019 and he struggled with that but none of us knew this would happen.”

You can donate to the funeral fund HERE