A TALENTED young filmmaker who died at the age of 20 has had his last wish carried out by friends.
Shaun Rice, of Maes Seiriol, Abergele, lost his battle with leukaemia in December last year after filming Raging for Life the previous summer.
The former Ysgol Bryn Elian pupil wrote, directed and produced the story about a girl who turns to alcohol after life-changing news, in his own time while studying at university.
Now his friends, including Tom Heslop of Kinmel Bay, have completed the film and a trailer will premier on Facebook and You Tube later this month.
His father Martyn, 45, a nurse at Glan Clwyd Hospital, said: “Shaun made the film in his own time while he was at university in Barnsley. He was dedicated to making the film.
“It is great that this will finally get finished. I always knew they would finish it off. He was ill throughout last year. What kept him going was that he wanted to finish it.
“He had finished filming it but he said he needed to edit it and put music to it. That was what kept him going. It is a very professional film, made on a shoe-string, it cost £1,000.”
Martyn and Shaun’s step-mother Maria, 43, along with step-sister Catrin Hughes, have been heavily involved with fundraising for the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research charity.
Recently they staged a static bike ride in Victoria Shopping Centre, Llandudno while Martyn rode the 54-mile London to Brighton Bike Ride on Sunday, raising more than £700 across both events.
They have raised about £4,000 in total and Martyn will take part in the London to Paris ride next year.
He said: “The film has a good message.
Shaun’s vision was to take it to school to educate people against the pitfalls of alcohol.
“Now his friends have finished it off and made a trailer, I can’t wait to see it. We are very proud and grateful to them.”
The family also participates in fundraisers for Ty Gobaith Hospice, whom they describe as “wonderful” in helping them deal with their grief.
Martyn said: “The research obviously is something that’s very close to our hearts.
“We’ll never stop fundraising and trying to help. Shaun was a people person, he made an impact on people’s lives.
“We are extremely proud of him.”
The Raging For Life trailer will premiere online on September 20.