Pals' charity drive in Beverley's memory

Kevin Doyle

FRIENDS of tragic popstar Beverley O'Sullivan are embarking on a campaign to raise thousands of euro in her memory.

Eleven of the singer's pals from Donaghmede in Dublin have pounded the streets of Perth in western Australia in a charity run to support the Beverley Butterfly Foundation.

And tickets for a gala ball in Dublin have sold out three months before the event is due to take place.

Beverley was an established pop singer and enjoyed chart success with the group Fifth Avenue.

She also starred in the movie Happy Ever Afters, which premiered in Dublin cinemas just over a month after the car crash in India that claimed her life.

Beverley died in a horrific accident last November while holidaying with her boyfriend Stephen Reeves.

Friends in Dublin and Australia are now determined to keep her memory alive.

Denise Horan told the Herald: "The team was put together in memory of Beverley O'Sullivan and included two of Beverley's cousins, Eugene and Philip.

"The youngest member, Sophie Horan, was born in Perth but her parents are from Donaghmede. She will turn two in September."

Beverley's family in Dublin have started a fundraising drive which will culminate with a pink tie Beverley Butterfly Ball in November.

Most of the money raised by the foundation will go to India to improve the medical facilities where Beverley spent the last moments of her life. Cash will also be donated to animal protection in Ireland.