A fundraising campaign to support the family of a man whose body was found at an Angus beauty spot has been set up by one of his life-long friends.
The body of 27-year-old offshore worker Steven Donaldson, from Arbroath, was discovered at the RSPB Loch of Kinnordy nature reserve on the outskirts of Kirriemuir on June 7.
Three people, Tasmin Glass, 19, Callum Davidson, 23, and Steven Dickie, 23, have appeared in court accused of his murder.
Fraser Evans, 30, a businessman in the town, said he had known Steven all his life and wanted to do something to help.
He said: “We stayed round the corner from each other and had a mutual love for all kinds of bikes, from pushbikes when we were young to motorbikes.
“So many people in Arbroath had been saying they wanted to do something to help and support his family.
“I thought if we could raise money for them then it would be something that people could get involved in.
“I didn’t want to do anything without asking his family’s permission however and they have agreed that it would all right for me to do this.
“The family understand allowing us to do this is helping us find acceptance that he is gone and is aiding us in some form of closure. We, his friends, know that if it were us, he would stop at nothing to do the same.
“We are raising funds to allow everyone who wishes to make contributions to support the family with the cost of anything they face in the coming weeks, including the funeral.”
Fraser set up his JustGiving page on June 25, hoping to raise £500. In just two days, the target had already been overtaken, with more than £1,500 flooding in.
He said: “I didn’t really have a target in mind. I just wanted to get something started and see what came in. So far everyone has been very generous.”
To donate, visit justgiving.com/crowdfunding/stevied.