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Family of A144 crash victim Ben Doughty launch fundraiser to help complete renovations at The Buck Inn, Flixton




The family of a 28-year-old man who was killed in a car crash last month have launched a fundraiser to help fulfil his life dream of renovating a Suffolk pub.

Ben Doughty, from Holton near Beccles, died when his blue Audi RS4 collided with a white Kia Cee'd on the A144 at Halesworth on Sunday, August 15.

The young father-of-two, who owned a construction company, had started refurbishing The Buck Inn at Flixton, near Bungay, just months before his sudden death.

Ben Doughty has been named as the victim of the crash on the A144 (51261388)
Ben Doughty has been named as the victim of the crash on the A144 (51261388)

In a social media update to followers posted just three days before he died, Ben said he was 'really happy with how it’s coming together' and that he 'can't wait to get the doors open'.

He added that his goal was to have the pub opened by the end of August.

But his dream of running the pub with his partner Nicole Chatfield, with whom he had two sons, was tragically cut short.

The Buck Inn, Flixton, which Ben was renovating at the time of his death. Picture: Google (51261819)
The Buck Inn, Flixton, which Ben was renovating at the time of his death. Picture: Google (51261819)

Ben's mother Linda has now created a GoFundMe page to help his young family fulfil Ben's dream of opening the pub.

In a statement on the page, Linda said: "We are trying to raise money to complete renovations at the Flixton Buck in memory of Ben.

"Ben tragically lost his life on the 15th August 2021. Owning and running the Buck was a dream for both him and his young family."

The page has so far raised £1,395 in just one day since it was launched, with its target set at £5,000.

The family are also holding a celebration of Ben's life at the pub tomorrow evening from 6pm, with anyone wishing to join asked to wear colourful clothing.

Speaking shortly after his death, Ben's family described him as an 'amazing friend, father and boyfriend'.

In a statement, they said: "He was hard-working and an exceptional provider. He was generous and loved by many people."

To donate to the page, click here.

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