A PHIL Collins tribute charity night is being held in memory of a man who jumped to his death because he hated his looks.
Organisers have 300 tickets for the event which will raise awareness of Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) as part of a campaign to make more support available for people affected by the obsessive mental condition.
Chris Exley's body was discovered on December 15 last year under Thornton Viaduct, not far from where he lived with his mum Sue, 61, in Leaside Drive, Thornton.
The 33-year-old's family is getting support from the Body Dysmorphic Disorder Foundation, a small London-based charity, but hopes its fundraising will help spread its work to Bradford and other parts of the country.
The charity night will be at The New Tyke, in Thornton Road, on Saturday, September 26 and will feature Stars In Their Eyes 2005 winner Rob Lewis as Phil Collins.
Mr Exley's former boss, Louise Nicol, who worked with him on the admin side of West Yorkshire Police's Prosecution Team for ten years, is planning the event as she knew how much he idolised Phil Collins.
She said plans for the charity night were storming ahead with generous donations of prizes and silent auction lots including two hospitality tickets for an Inter-Milan game, a Sheffield Wednesday shirt, a Park Avenue shirt, Bradford City tickets and meal vouchers.
"Chris had a massive heart of gold, was everyone's friend, was intensely loyal and just a beautiful person inside and out. He genuinely was a one off," she said.
"Any donations we receive will hopefully help to make someone's life a bit easier to live."
An inquest into Mr Exley's death heard he made several attempts to take his own life and had numerous assessments by mental health professionals, but was not sectioned under the Mental Health Act because there was no evidence of psychosis.
Brother Paul Exley described living with Chris and his BDD as a nightmare.
He said: "We think a bad ending of a difficult relationship with a girl when he was 18 started his problems.
"His world just got darker and darker. He would barricade himself in his bedroom with the curtains shut, would not eat or be with us. He cut himself of from us."
Mr Exley, who had paid £4,500 for plastic surgery to enhance his nose and wanted more surgery around his eyes, had wanted to go to Dignitas in Switzerland to end his life - he had researched it on his computer and other ways to take his life.
For tickets, which are £10 including food, or to make a donation, e-mail Louise Nicol at email@example.com, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SomeoneSpecial/chrisexley or call 07944 620279.