Kettering family hope to establish charity in memory of Johnny, 29

Front: Johnny's sister Charlotte and mum Denise Mackay. Back: family friends Georgina Barr and Rachael Nutt

Front: Johnny's sister Charlotte and mum Denise Mackay. Back: family friends Georgina Barr and Rachael Nutt

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The family of a man who took his own life last month are planning to set up a charity to benefit other people struggling with addiction.

Johnny Mackay, 29, from Kettering, died in October, and now his family and friends want to establish a charity in his name.

Johnny Mackay, from Kettering, who took his own life at the age of 29 in October 2014. His family are setting up a charity in his name

Johnny Mackay, from Kettering, who took his own life at the age of 29 in October 2014. His family are setting up a charity in his name

His mum Denise, sister Charlotte and family friends Rachael Nutt and Georgina Barr have organised a fundraising Christmas Fayre for the start of December.

But their eventual goal is to set up a charity, provisionally called Johnny’s Happy Place, in tribute to the former Bishop Stopford School pupil.

The charity would help other people dealing with addictions or going through troubled times, offering them counselling, support and positive distractions.

Johnny’s mum Denise said: “We want to have a place where they can go to take their minds off their problems for a while.

“That’s our long-term goal. If we can get it up-and-running in a year that would be wonderful.”

His sister Charlotte added: “We wanted to do something to keep his memory and legacy going.

“Johnny could make anyone else feel happy but he was troubled and could never find peace with himself. He went down a dark path he couldn’t get back from.”

The fayre is at the William Knibb Centre in Montagu Street, from midday on Sunday, December 7.

There will be festive gifts and refreshments, Santa’s grotto and beauty treatments. Admission is £1.