Thousands raised in memory of Portishead’s Sean Owens who died in Valentine’s Day crash

PUBLISHED: 16:00 03 September 2019 | UPDATED: 17:23 03 September 2019

Sean Owens' family organised a pair of fundraisers in his memory.

Sean Owens' family organised a pair of fundraisers in his memory.


The loved ones of a Portishead man who lost his life in a car crash have raised more than £10,000 for charity as they try to build ‘something positive’ from his death.

The fun day was a huge success.The fun day was a huge success.

Sean Owens was killed when his car was hit by a lorry in Bristol on Valentine's Day, leaving his family heartbroken.

Six months on from his death, they orchestrated a pair of fundraisers which accrued more than £10,000 to be shared between a pair of causes.

A sponsored walk from Exeter to Portishead on August 17, plus a family fun day at the Phoenix Bar raised a huge sum to be shared between Great Western Air Ambulance - which tended to Sean after the crash - and Above and Beyond, a charity that supports Bristol's hospitals.

Sean's partner Dawn Smith runs the bar in Victoria Square, where he was often seen pouring pints behind and charming punters with his sense of humour.

Sean ran the Bristol Half Marathon of CLIC Sargent a few years ago. Picture: FamilySean ran the Bristol Half Marathon of CLIC Sargent a few years ago. Picture: Family

Dawn said: "It's been tough since Sean's death but we have tried to turn it in to something positive, if that is possible.

"Our friends and family, customers and even strangers have been so overwhelmingly supportive we felt we had to do something in his memory."

The walk started at Exeter Chiefs Rugby Club, which Sean supported having grown up in the city, and concluded in Portishead where he lived for more than a decade.

Nick Wenham and Mike Collin completed the walk in 26 hours, while Dan McCallum, Matt Short, Karen Lough, Paul Cassar and Rich Wheeler completed much of the journey before succumbing to blistered feet. Kaine Southey and Chris McCallum also completed a triathlon in Sean's memory.

Nick Wenham and Mike Collin with Tamsin and Dawn Smith.Nick Wenham and Mike Collin with Tamsin and Dawn Smith.

Once the walk was completed, more than 500 enjoyed a family fun day at the bar - with revellers enjoying live music, pig racing, a barbecue and much more.

The events were the brainchild of Dawn's daughter Tamsin, who made sure the fundraisers were a huge success.

Dawn added: "Tamsin was amazing organising the fun day and so was everyone else who helped. I don't know how to thank everyone, saying it just doesn't seem enough.

"Sean meant so much to lots of different people and we are touched so many are demonstrating this with their support for the charity events held in his memory."

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