A fundraising appeal's been launched following the death of a Newcastle dad in a hit and run at North Lambton on New Year's Day.
54 year old father-of-six Giovanni Varagnolo tragically died after being struck by a car allegedly driven by his neighbour.
Mr Varagnolo had lent the Holden Statesman to the 44 year old, who is facing serious driving charges.
His family has launched a Go Fund Me appeal to help cover the costs of his funeral.
"Please help us give our father the send off he deserves," his son Steven said.
"He was always there to help anyone in need always wanted a big funeral with all his friends and family together as one."