Family of Caspar Blackburn touched by 'outpouring of emotion' amid fundraising campaign

A crowdfunding campaign for Caspar’s funeral raised thousands in a matter of hours. Credit: MEN Syndication

The grieving family of Caspar Blackburn say they have been touched by the ‘outpouring of emotion’ as a crowdfunding campaign for the popular young man’s funeral raised thousands in a matter of hours.

The body of 22-year-old Caspar was found in the Bridgewater Canal in Sale on Saturday morning.

It followed a week-long search after he failed to return from a night out at the Slug and Lettuce at Sale’s Waterside in the early hours of last Sunday, October 1.

Emotional tributes have been paid and on Sunday his family thanked everyone for their support both before and after his death, as they set up a fundraising page in his memory.

A statement on a Just Giving page, which appears to have been set up by Caspar’s father Robert Blackburn, reads: “He was such a young, kind hard working soul and car enthusiast who would help anyone. The public outpouring of emotion has touched the family deeply and we’ve been approached with offers of donations.

“Therefore we have set this page up for anyone who wishes to donate.

“As Cas is 22 we set the target at £2,200 but any donations beyond this target are much appreciated as funeral costs average around £5,000. As a family we thank you for all the kind comments and support over the past week and hope we can give the best send off possible to our Cas.”

He had last been seen at the Slug and Lettuce Waterside in Sale at around 2am on Sunday, October 1. He was sitting on a bench outside the pub with friends, but did not go back inside with the group.

Caspar then failed to turn up for his job as an assistant manager of Carpetright in Macclesfield and hadn’t collected his beloved Nissan 350Z which he left outside a friend’s home before going out on the Saturday.

His body was found in a stretch of the canal near Springfield Road on Saturday as family and friends commenced a day of searching. Previously, underwater search teams had combed the nearby waterway and his father had made an emotional plea in the M.E.N for information about his whereabouts.

Despite only being set up on Sunday afternoon, just seven hours later the crowdfunding appeal had raised more than double the family’s target, topping £5,000 at the time of writing.

A large number of friends paid tribute to ‘top lad’ Caspar since his body was recovered, with flowers also being laid outside the Waterside in Sale.

Greater Manchester Police have said: “Enquiries are ongoing to determine the circumstances which led to the man’s death however, it is not believed to be suspicious.”