Bolton Gay Community Mourns The Death Of Pride “Hero” Darren Batey, Aged 32

A Bolton Pride hero has died at the age of 32, leaving friends and family in shock just days before Christmas.

CREDIT: Darren Batey / Twitter
CREDIT: Darren Batey / Twitter

Friends and LGBT allies have been paying tribute to Bolton Pride hero Darren Batey who died at the age of 32. He was described as being instrumental to Bolton’s first pride event in October.


Details surrounding his death are incredibly scarce and no real details have been made public. He leaves behind his parents, sister and other family members.


Tributes have been pouring since the news of his death, with Coronation Street star Antony Cotton, calling Darren a “sweet prince”.


A crowdfunding appeal has been launched to help give the campaigner a good farewell. So far the fund has raised over £5000.

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David Apsley-Thompson, who organised the fund, wrote:

“Darren touched the lives of so many people all over the world and had an amazing ability to bring people together.

“His commitment to third sector fundraising and volunteering was beyond selfless and the impact he has had on so many lives is immeasurable and invaluable.

“Darren sadly passed away over the weekend and has left a huge void in so many of our hearts, no one more so than his parents, sisters and family in Cumbria.

“Darren put so many others before himself every day of his life, and now it’s time to give back a little piece of the love he gave us all to help support his family through this difficult time and ensure Darren gets the send off he deserves.”

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