AN ONLINE plea has been launched to help cover the funeral costs of a young man who spent more than two years severely brain damaged after attempting to take his own life.

Jack Barnes, then 18, attempted to take his life on March 4, 2017, leaving him dependant on his mum Helen, formerly of Saundersfoot, now living in Pembroke Dock.

Police found Jack and revived him; he spent a long period in the intensive care unit at Withybush Hospital.

Jack had suffered mental health issues, which Helen has previously said must be talked about and are “not a dirty subject”.

Helen cared for Jack in the following two years after he was released from hospital, but he sadly passed away on March 23.

Posting on Facebook on March 21, Helen wrote: “We were given the worst news yesterday. Jack is riddled with infections and wasn’t expected to make it through the night. He’s still with us this morning and we are holding a vigil by his bedside.”

Then on March 23, Helen wrote: “My darling boy passed away peacefully at home this morning holding my hand. I am so proud to call myself his mum.

“Two long years you fought for; I love you forever and always.”

The gofundme page has been organised by Zoe Thomas, who stated: “One of my best friends has just died. Two years ago Jack hung himself and was left with severe brain damage, which left him bed bound.

“His mum nursed him at home right until the end. The mum has no money and I'm looking to raise enough to pay for the funeral. Any donation you can make will be gratefully appreciated.”

Jack’s funeral takes place at Narberth crematorium at 1.45pm on Thursday, April 4, all are welcome to attend.

Helen said: “The Olde Chemist Inn in Saundersfoot is kindly putting on a few nibbles for after the funeral. They also held a raffle for Jack to help towards the funeral costs.”

Helen is hoping to find some permanent way of keeping Jack’s memory alive.