Tributes to inspirational Christian as his death shocks family and friends

Torbay Weekly

An inspirational young disabled man has died just months after launching an appeal to help others.

Christian Bandicoot's shock death also came just weeks after the  34-year-old started work for the police.

His family and friends were stunned when he passed away peacefully in his sleep at his Brixham home.

Christian was born with a rare muscle wasting condition called Spinal Muscular Atrophy which meant he was missing the ingredients needed for his muscles to grow. He had to be horizontal as it was too difficult for his breathing and he had to stop sitting up right when he was 15.

But his mission in life was always to help others and in September he started a campaign to create awareness and the urgent need for a first ever place that would offer respite for young carer adults in the South West.

He had set up a gofundme page to raise money to kickstart the campaign with the aim of finding an initial £5,000 to set up a charity.

Mum Angie Phillipson said: "It was a shock because he wasn't ill. He had enjoyed a lovely afternoon at Brixham Rugby Club, came home and just passed peacefully away in his sleep."

Just weeks before Christian had started a job as an IT support officer with Devon and Cornwall Constabulary.

Angie said: "He had to go through a long recruitment process. I asked him why he wanted to work for the police. He said 'all the girls like a uniform'. That was typical of Christian.

"He had received his first pay cheque and was looking forward to spending it."

His casket at his funeral was in the shape of a police car with an inscription which included his Devon and Cornwall job title with the added words: "May the force go with you."

"That is what he always put on on his emails, " said Angie.

"He will be missed terribly,  added Angie who hopes to continue with Christian's campaign in his name.

Christian was one of four sons -  brother Johnny was lost to the same condition as Christian 18 years ago.