“A RAY OF SUNSHINE”: Tributes paid to teenager who died when he fell onto the M60
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17 year old Callum McKenna, from Droylsden, told his family he was just heading out for a walk before he tragically fell to his death from a bridge onto the M60.
Callum was looking forward to a future studying at Manchester University, when a walk ended in tragedy near Oldham on Sunday May 16.
His loved ones remember him as a “bright, funny and loving boy.”
His mum, Lesley Pinner, told Manchester Evening News that Callum had never mentioned any struggles with his mental health, telling the publication that she had even asked his friends if they had noticed anything, but they had all believed him to be fine.
An online fundraiser to help the family with costs during this difficult time has generated over £7,000.
Callum’s cousin, who set up the fundraiser wrote:
“My cousin Callum passed away on the 16th May 2021, aged 17. I’d like to help his family raise some money towards his funeral costs as he left them unexpectedly. He was the brightest, funniest and most loving boy who deserves the best send off we can give him. Rest in Peace Cal, we all love you so much!”
Before deciding to go on to study Law at University, Callum was a passionate actor and attended the Manchester Theatre Academy.
The Academy posted on social media when they heard the news, saying “So shocked and saddened to hear the news of the tragic loss of Callum McKenna, a well loved former member of our MTA family - gone too soon.
"He was a ray of sunshine and the life and soul at drama.
"He touched the hearts of everyone and was beautiful through and through - so talented and always brought laughter to the group, with his great comedy skills and quirky characterisation.
"Our hearts go out to his loving family at this heart-breaking time. We feel so lucky to have known Callum and he will be so sadly missed."
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