Max Bowden is appealing for help with his friend’s funeral (Image: BBC)
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EastEnders actor Max Bowden has issued an appeal to fans on GoFundMe to raise money for the funeral of his pal Luke Goodings.
The appeal went out after Luke sadly passed away following a battle with depression.
Now, Max, who said he ‘feels sick’, is asking for help in order to give Luke ‘the send-off he deserves’.
In his appeal, he wrote: "Hi all, feel sick I'm having to do this again but want to give our Luke the send-off he deserves.
"We’re trying to raise funds for Luke’s funeral and I’d really appreciate any donation big or small to help us with the costs.
Max hopes to give his pal the 'send off he deserves'
"I know it's a lot ask in these horrible times we’re currently living in but we want him to be remembered right. Please swipe up and donate if you can.
"Sending everybody love and remember you're not alone. Talk if you need to. Luke, we love you."
In the appeal on the GoFundMe page, he wrote: "On Sunday 6th June we very sadly lost our Luke Goodings to depression, something none of us foresaw coming.
"It has ripped us apart inside out, and we want to be able to celebrate his life as beautifully as we can.
"In the current state of the world, a funeral is a huge expense and we want to give him the send-off he would have endeavoured to give any of us if he was here.
Max posted the message to social media
(Image: Max Bowden / Instagram)
"We have set up this GoFundMe page to help raise funeral costs, and any expenses after will be given to the charity MIND, who are a beacon of light to those suffering with depression.”
Paying tribute to Luke, he added: "Luke was generally the loudest and brightest spark in the room, which makes it all the more confusing how he felt the way he did.
"A fiercely loyal friend, brother and boyfriend, Luke always put everyone else first, even when it got him into trouble.
"We’d really like to give Luke the send off he deserves, but understand how difficult that is to do right now, so we need all the help we can get.
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"Any donation no matter how big or small will really help to give this wonderful man a beautiful send off, and put him to rest in perfect peace. Lots of love and thanks from the family: Tracey, Josh, Kirk, Declan, Gianni, Daniela.”
Max has also suffered another personal loss in his friend, celebrity agent Terry Mills, who passed away from coronavirus last year.
Terry, who was only 38 years old, fell into a coma and died from pneumonia while on a trip to Cancun where he caught the virus.
Anyone wishing to donate to Max’s fundraiser can do so here .
If you're struggling and need to talk, the Samaritans operates a free helpline open 24/7 on 116 123. Alternatively, you can email [email protected] if you'd prefer to write down how you feel