An estate agent has been killed in a car crash at the age of 33.
Mark Davey worked for Indigo Residential in Luton, where he had been a director for six years.
Mark had already set up his own online appeal last year to raise money for Starlight, the charity that helps very sick children to achieve their dreams. As a teenager, Mark fought Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and had been helped by the charity.
Donations are now flooding in on that site in his memory with the initial aim of raising £30,000 which was his ultimate goal. By last night, the total donated had already exceeded the target that Mark himself set.
These are two comments by donors that are typical of so many:
“Mark, Mr Davey. You achieved so much in your life, more than most can ever dream of. And now, you may be physically gone, but yet you continue to achieve such incredible things. You really are magic.”
“Mark, dance with the stars, sing in the wind and continue to shine brightly with the sun. An absolute honour to be part of your extended family.”
Mark’s father, Chris Davey, said that on the day his son was diagnosed, he had no idea what the future would hold and decided to live life to the full.
Mark played for Luton Rugby Club and made “countless” contributions to charity – giving time, effort and money.
Luton Rugby Club cancelled a training session so that club members could visit the scene of the accident to pay their tributes.
Club director Paul Allen said Mark had been an “unbelievably enthusiastic character.”
On the Bedfordshire Police website, tributes include one which says: “A great guy – we bought all our properties from him.”
Police are appealing for information about the crash last Saturday when Mark was driving an Audi. Police say the driver of the other car, a Porsche, did not stop.
Indigo Residential says on its site: “We need to help Mark achieve his dream of raising £30,000 for his chosen charity Starlight.
“It was very important to him that he gave something back, for the help they gave him when he was a child.
“Mark’s parents Chris & Denise, and his sister Sarah, have asked for donations to go to Starlight instead of flowers at the funeral please. Thanks.”