A FUNDRAISING effort to cover the coast of Colwyn Bay kit man Bryan Kelly’s funeral has been reached after a flood of donations.

The much-loved figure poured his heart and soul into the club over the years before his death at the age of 72 last week, which saw an outpouring of grief and condolences from the North Wales footballing community.

The Seagulls set up a crowdfunding page to assist the family during a difficult time, which exceeded its £3,000 target in a matter of days.

Any money over the target will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Research in Mr Kelly’s memory.

Mr Kelly’s funeral will be held on Thursday, November 26 with Mass at The Church of The Sacred Heart, Old Colwyn at 12pm.

This will be followed by a committal service at Colwyn Bay Crematorium at 1.30pm.

Unfortunately, due to current restrictions, both services will be private, and attendance is strictly by invitation only.

Following the church service, the funeral cortege will make its way around the Red Lion, up Coed Coch Road, and finally down Llanelian Road to the Four Crosses Area where Mr Kelly spent many happy years working under a number of managers, including current boss Craig Hogg.

He said: “Bryan was truly part of the fabric of our football club and his loss is hard for all of us at the Bay. He stood for everything that was good about our club through his hard work, his dedication to his job and the genuine love he had for what he was part of here.

"He will be so badly missed, but he will never be forgotten and that says so much about the man. I'll never forget the many good times, the laughs and the great conversations we shared together, sat in the dressing room at Llanelian Road. Those memories are something that will stay forever.”

Those who are unable to attend the committal can view it online at www.obitus.com (Username: Suge5374/Password: 116554).