VIDEO: Uplifting Sheffield event in memory of Simon

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A Sheffield community united for a touching birthday tribute to murder victim Simon Holdsworth.

There were tears of sadness and cheers of support this afternoon as residents young and old sang happy birthday to the family man before releasing hundreds of balloons in his memory.

Ballons released by the friends and family of murder victim Simon Holdsworth

Ballons released by the friends and family of murder victim Simon Holdsworth

The event, organised by his fiancee Carleen McKeown, was held on the same Hackenthorpe playing field where he was found dead in December last year. Today would have been his 37th birthday.

Carleen, who is mum to four-year-old Tiarnan, said: “We wanted to do something special as it’s important that Tiarnan remembers Simon in a positive way.

“It’s also to keep the awareness going. The police have been marvellous, they have been a really good support.

“Victim Support have been really good as well and they’re in touch regularly. They’re still working hard on the case and hopefully one day soon we will get results.”

Local resident Lisa Burkinshaw, who set up a Facebook group in Simon’s memory after his death, also helped to organise the event.

She said: “I have to stress how great a person Carleen is. I think I would still be in my bed crying at this point but no matter what she is going through, she will always put someone else first.”

The whole event was intended to be a positive celebration in order to blot out the sadness associated with the spot on the Delves Road playing fields where Simon was found.

Proceeds will be split between Weston Park Cancer Charity, as Simon’s father died of cancer; a memorial for Simon at the entrance to the playing fields; and the fund for hit-and-run victim Jasmyn Chan’s family.