Tributes to dedicated volunteer

Saleem Khan
Saleem Khan

A much-loved volunteer who didn’t let his own learning difficulties deter him from helping others has died.

Saleem Khan spent his much of his time volunteering, including at the Northern Riding School in Dewsbury and at Ponderosa Rural Therapeutic Centre in Heckmondwike.

David Wray, the owner of Northern Riding School, said: “He was a grand lad, very helpful. He’d do anything for anyone in the community. He was a smashing kid.”

Mr Khan, 48, would regularly go along to Dewsbury Market and help out the traders.

He was also involved with the search to find Shannon Matthews.

“He was the gentle giant, he liked to be involved and in the thick of the community”, said his cousin, Stephanie Binns. “He was thoughtful and caring and everyone loved him. He had a real empathy for the underdog. He knew the difference between right and wrong.” Mr Khan was also involved with St John Ambulance and washed cars at Dewsbury Fire Station to raise money for charity.

“He lived for helping others,” said his cousin Saria Bramwell.

He too was closely supported and cared for over a number of years by Key Worker Dave Lawton, who helped him fulfil his dreams as well as travelling to America.

Mr Khan lived in Dewsbury Moor, and previously lived in Ravensthorpe and Heckmondwike. He died on July 11 after developing complications linked to pneumonia.

He leaves behind a large family who are proud of all his achievements within his active life.

His brother, Stephen Khan, wishes to thank Mr Khan’s cousins and their children for supporting him throughout his busy life.

His family would also like to thank Dewsbury and District Hospital and the intensive care unit.