Footie fans raise £20k for family of Celtic supporter who died in Vegas

Ellen Cassidy was diagnosed with terminal cancer after falling ill while on a trip to the Celtic Convention.

Rangers fans thanked for donations as over £20,000 raised for Celtic supporter who died at Vegas convention Facebook
Tributes: Ellen with son Kevin.

Rangers fans have been thanked for helping to raise money for the family of a Celtic supporter who died suddenly in Las Vegas.

Ellen Cassidy from Springburn, Glasgow was diagnosed with terminal cancer after falling ill while on a trip to the Celtic Convention in the Nevada city.

The 55-year-old, who worked at the Glasgow Sheriff Court, died from the illness just a few days later.

A GoFundMe page launched to help her family with costs of travel and other expenses has now reached over £20,000 and both sides of the Glasgow divide have been praised for their generosity.

Supporter: Ellen with fellow Celtic fans.Facebook
Supporter: Ellen with fellow Celtic fans.

To date there has been a total of £20,810 raised from 743 donations and several hundred messages of support from both Celtic and Rangers fans.

Among them was a Rangers supporters club from California.

The Orange County Rangers Supporters Club donated £500 to the fund with a message saying “sincerest condolences from all of our members”.

Other messages included one from Jimmy Murray who donated £20 and said: “Sorry to hear this sad news of the passing of your dear mother Kevin, from a Blue nose. At times like this football has no colours.”

Family friend Elizabeth McGoran, who launched the page on behalf of Ellen’s son Kevin Martin, has thanked everyone for their donations.

Ellen was close with Elizabeth (right) and called her ‘little sister’.Facebook
Ellen was close with Elizabeth (right) and called her ‘little sister’.

She said: “I would like to say a massive thank you to absolutely every single person who has read and been touched by the wonderful Ellen’s story.

“Words can never begin to describe the phenomenal support Ellen has been shown I only wish she could have seen it, although knowing Ellen she would be mortified and kill us!

“The donations from this page have been nothing short of mind-blowing! I am sure her son Kevin will be eternally grateful to everyone.

“I had initially set this page up to raise £1000 to help with some of the costs to get Kevin to see his mum, we past that target and way beyond. Kevin is now in Las Vegas making his beautiful mum’s final preparations and will be in touch with arrangements for her memorial service as soon as possible.

“This money is allowing Kevin not to have to worry about money and give his mum the send of she would be proud of and deserves, so thank you. We have made more than enough now!

“I would like to personally thank everyone for helping support Ellen and Kevin. A big thank you to Phil, for everything you you done for Ellen, the love you have shown her and my deepest condolences to you Kevin my heart aches for you, thank you for doing this extremely impossible difficult send off for your mum showing her dignity love and pride.

Ellen at her beloved Celtic ParkGo Fund Me
Ellen at her beloved Celtic Park

“The Celtic convention, Thank you for going above and beyond for Ellen, Glasgow sheriff court thank you for being Ellen’s work family and my condolences to you all.

“The Celtic family you have all shown what it is to be Celtic and I’m proud to be a part of that.

To the Rangers fans that sent messages of support and donations big respect and thank you.

“To everyone that knew this wonderful crazy funny big hearted lady or where touched by her story thank you.

“But the biggest thank you is to Ellen! Thank you for being you! Thank you for being the person I could call on regardless, the person with the best hug and who just knew what to say and what to do. Thank you for leading me astray so many times then reigning it in when I need to.

“I’m going to miss you so much until we meet in that club in the sky love ye doll.”