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Online memorial and foundation launch for broadcaster Stephen Clements

Stephen Clements and Cate Conway worked together at Q Radio
Seamus McKinney

AN online memorial for broadcaster Stephen Clements will be held this week to launch a charity foundation in his memory.

The BBC Radio Ulster presenter (47) died suddenly in January, just four months after starting what he described as “the job of a lifetime” when he took over Sean Coyle's mid-morning slot.

The Stephen Clements Foundation will be launched online on Thursday with a special memorial event for the father-of-two.

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“An Evening for Stephen” will be streamed live via the foundation’s website and feature audio clips and video interviews with people who were close to the presenter.

The foundation was established to keep the radio host’s memory alive and raise funds for local charities.

The presenter’s brother, Gavin, said he was a “creative genius” who touched the hearts of many with his humour and kindness.

“We want to give back a little and give fans the chance to remember Stephen and enjoy his best work. Stephen loved his radio audience,” he said.

Cate Conway said the online memorial for her former co-host Stephen Clements will give fans the opportunity to celebrate his legacy

Stephen’s former co-host at Q Radio, Cate Conway, said fans and friends were unable to hold a physical memorial after his death in January.

“Now with lockdown and social distancing measures in place for the foreseeable future, we are seizing the opportunity to bring radio fans the laughter they need now during an unprecedented time,” she said.

The foundation has urged fans to log on at between 7.30pm and 8pm on Thursday.

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