Family and friends of a Ponteland man who tragically died while in the Alps have set up an initiative in his name to help others.
And the first event to be organised by the Simon Bates Foundation has been arranged for next month.
His brother-in-law, Mick Forster, recalled how Simon, an ex-pupil of Ponteland High, enjoyed school and loved his teachers.
The foundation, which uses the tagline ‘Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day – teach a man to fish and you feed him for life,’ aims to raise and distribute funds to projects both in the UK and overseas where people get the opportunity to establish the best possible future for themselves and their family.
Simon was 30 when he lost his life in an accident on Mont Blanc, France, while on holiday last September.
Assistant Headteacher of Ponteland High, Jim Balkwill, remembers Simon as a joy to teach and a cool guy with a lovely manner who was not phased by anything.
He added that Simon was a complete inspiration to others and that the tragic news of his death was devastating to everyone who knew him.
The foundation’s two-day PontFest event will kick off with the Rainbow Fun Run on Saturday, July 12, at Ponteland High School followed by the Ponteland Triathlon on Sunday, July 13.
For more information, visit www.simonbatesfoundation.com