Well-wishers rally to help family pay for fitting send-off for Allan ‘Aggi’ Aageson

Floral tributes have been left in Boutport Street, Barnstaple in memory of Allan 'Aggi' Aageson. Picture: Andy KeebleFloral tributes have been left in Boutport Street, Barnstaple in memory of Allan 'Aggi' Aageson. Picture: Andy Keeble

Well-wishers are digging deep to help fund the funeral of a well-known Barnstaple rough sleeper, who died on Sunday.

Nearly £1,000 has already been raised to help cover the cost of a basic £3,000 crematorium service for Allan Aageson, known to many as 'Aggi'.

He died aged 54 following a very public battle with a number of health issues in recent months.

Daughter Abi, 28, and son Phil, 30, said their father was able to find peace in his final moments, with his family at his side.

Floral tributes have been left in Boutport Street, Barnstaple in memory of Allan 'Aggi' Aageson. Picture: Andy KeebleFloral tributes have been left in Boutport Street, Barnstaple in memory of Allan 'Aggi' Aageson. Picture: Andy Keeble

They said they had been 'overwhelmed' by the tributes paid - and by the help being offered to help pay for the funeral.

"We knew that dad was a much-loved local character but we didn't realise how much deeper it went and the difference he has made to so many lives," said Abi.

"Those who took the time to stop and talk to him will know that beneath the surface he was a kind-hearted man.

"Despite losing his way and struggling to overcome a long-standing drug addiction, he never lost his compassion and would do his best to care for others when he was fighting such a hard battle of his own.

"He may not have been able to overcome his personal battle but knowing he helped others despite this has made us so proud of him."

The service will take place at Barnstaple Crematorium on Wednesday at 2.20pm - thanks in part to a crowdfunder page set up by well-wisher Kama Clark.

Kama said: "This has been set up purely to give Aggi the send off he deserves.

"He was and will always remain so well-known to Barnstaple for his carefree ways and joy for life itself.

"He was an independent man who asked for nothing but would gladly give you his time and support if needed."

Abi said she had already planned to cover some of the costs using money she'd saved to carry out voluntary work oversees this summer, but was contacted by Kama with an offer of help.

"Dad was the poorest man with the richest heart - people from all walks of life are coming together to give him the send off he deserves," said Abi.

"Although we will absolutely make sure he has a decent send off regardless of any donations we may receive, it's truly humbling to see how selfless people are being."

Anyone who knew Aggi is welcome to attend the funeral next week.

There is no dress code and any donations can be made to The Freedom Centre, which gave Aggi and others facing similar struggles food, shelter and a place to feel safe.

To donate to Aggi's funeral fund, visit https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/kama-clark-1