CLUTHA boss Alan Crossan said the charity he set up after the tragedy plans to help fund the families at the fatal accident inquiry.

Speaking yesterday after a preliminary hearing at Glasgow Sheriff Court where it was heard that it is hoped a charitable organisation will help pay for the portion of fees some families are asked to contribute to, Mr Crossan the Clutha Trust is the charity.

He said: "What we are trying to do is raise the £8,500 the families have to pay towards the legal aid costs.

"There's a go-fund-me page that was set up just before Christmas.

"We are trying to raise the full amount before the end of the month and all money will go towards the bill."

Mr Crossan, who set up the charity in the wake of the tragedy, said he is in negotiations to set up a pop-up shop in Shawlands to boost funds.