Bereaved family ‘lost for words’ with emotional art wall tribute

From the Courier – Original Article This is about the fantastic graffiti tribute to Lee.


Phil and Lesley with the work dedicated to their son.

A Dundee family devastated by the loss of their son say an art wall dedicated to his memory has left them “lost for words”.

Lee Welsh died in August. The 27-year-old had suffered from mental health issues and his family have since campaigned for enhanced mental health care.

The Courier told last week how a local artist had dedicated an Oasis-themed mural to music fan and talented musician Lee.

Symon Mathieson, from SYKE Graffiti Art, has now designed a mural of Lee himself, next to the previously designed Oasis artwork at Dundee’s DPM graffiti park.

Lee’s family say the care and attention to the design shows how well loved their son was.

Lee’s parents, Phil and Lesley, were invited to the unveiling of Lee’s mural on Saturday and said they are “lost for words” by the love shown for their son.

Phil said: “We received a phone call from one of Lee’s friends requesting that Lee’s mum and I come along to the DPM on Saturday at 2pm, which we did.

“There we noticed a small gathering of his friends, and then we spotted the actual mural of Lee himself. We were lost for words

“His mother and I adore it and Lee would have loved it.

“Seeing something like the mural on the wall emphasises to his mother and I how loved Lee was and that offers us comfort.

“His friends are organising a race night which again demonstrates the impact Lee had on many.”

Artist Symon said: “After seeing how much it meant to Lee’s friends and family having the Oasis portraits dedicated to him, I had no problem in doing the one of Lee. I didn’t know Lee, but friends of mine did, he was obviously a well known and loved guy.”

The Welsh family have already said they believe more has to be done to help those living with mental illness.

Phil, Lee’s mum, Lesley, and sister, Kirsty, believe Dundee should have its own crisis centre, similar to an initiative in Edinburgh, where those experiencing severe mental health issues can go for care.

A race night and disco in memory of Lee will be held at the function suite of Dundee’s Skyaxe Combat and Fitness Centre on November 18.

website has been created by the family to share stories of mental health which can be shared with politicians and charities.


Graffiti tribute to Lee

SYKE Graffiti has created a tribute to Lee in Dundee. Lee was a huge Oasis fan and the family are over the moon that this has been done for Lee. You can see images of the murals below, however. we’ve also added a Tribute page to the site where these are featured and we’ll also be putting images of other tributes & fund raising events.


BBC, artists, and many more donate to Edinburgh Crisis Centre fundraiser!

From the penumbra web site. Dundee needs a similar crisis centre.


A host of amazing items have been donated to the Edinburgh Crisis Centre for a fundraising event being held in the capital later this month.

The Edinburgh Crisis Centre is one of only a handful of mental health crisis centres in Scotland. It provides a 24 hour helpline for people in the capital aged 16 years or over and a safe private space for people in distress to receive support, including overnight accommodation if required.

The event at the Leith Ex-Serviceman’s Club (7 Smith’s Place, EH6 8NT) on Friday 25 August hopes to raise money which will go towards maintaining and refurbishing the Centre.

A number of amazing items have been gifted to the centre to auction off, including:

  • Eastenders 18 signed cast photos (3Ft by 2ft)
    Starting bid £100
  • ‘Summer, Tulloch Moor’ painting by Ann Vastano (an artist commissioned to produce artwork for the Scottish Parliament)
    Starting bid £100
  • Signed Bradley Walsh CD and photo
    Starting bid £10
  • Framed car sketch by Keith Leslie, local artist
    Starting bid £20
  • Amber Arts painting
    Starting bid £20
  • Flight light aircraft (two people for an hour)
    Starting bid £10
  • Don Cayote Outdoor Centre and Fox lake Adventure Centre vouchers
    Starting bids £10
  • Relish Scotland Cook book signed by Chef Mark Greenaway
    Starting bid £10

Bids for any of the above items can be submitted in advance by emailing

In addition, vouchers for top Lothian attractions and meals at some of Edinburgh’s finest bars and restaurants will be raffled off. The night will also feature a disco and buffet.

Tickets for the event are £7 and can be purchased by emailing or

Download fundraising flyer.

Images of auction lots


Friends plan permanent memorial to popular Lee

A story from the Courier about plans to create a permanent memorial to Lee.

Friends of a Dundee man who took his own life plan to create a permanent memorial to their friend.

Lee Welsh passed away last month and the 27-year-old’s family have since campaigned to promote the need for better mental health care provision.

Lee’s close friend Gary Shields intends to purchase a bench in memory of  the talented musician.

Gary said: “Not everyone is comfortable with going up to visit a grave, so it’s somewhere you could go and have a bit to eat or a cup of tea

“If it’s a nice day Phil and Lesley (Lee’s parents) could go up with Poppy, Lee’s daughter, and have a picnic. They could go there and be with Lee.

“It’s a nice way to remember him. It’s something to keep us going. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do. I was maybe going to organise a football match.

“I had a friend who recommended a DJ and he’s offered to do a disco and race night. Tickets are going to be go on sale for it next week.”

A fundraising page was set up in the wake of Lee’s death, with donations pouring in from members of the public and it has already smashed its fundraising target.

More than £4000 has now been raised after a £3000 target was initially set, but such was the generosity, Lesley had to extend the timescale of the page.

Phil has thanked members of the public for helping raise the “brilliant” amount.

A race night and disco will be held in the function suite of Dundee’s Skyaxe Combat and Fitness Centre on November 18.

Tickets for the event go on sale next week and can be purchased by either contacting Gary or friend Ryan Taylor.

website has been created to share stories of mental health which can be shared with politicians and charities.