The family of a man who died sleeping rough on the streets of Glasgow are raising awareness of the issue on the second anniversary of his death.

Matthew Bloomer was found dead outside TJ Hughes in Trongate during freezing temperatures in March 2017.

The 28-year-old had moved to Glasgow from Aberdeen following a relationship breakdown and had resulted to sleeping on the streets.

Matthew was a former trainee engineer in the oil industry and dad to two kids in the years before his passing.

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As the second anniversary of his death approaches, his family are hoping to raise greater awareness of rough sleeping and homelessness.

His loved one are calling for the public to share a "moment for Matthew."

He said online: "On March 21st 2017, Matthew was found dead laying in a shop entrance having slept rough that night and many nights before, unbeknown to all who loved him.

"As we reach the 2nd Anniversary of his death, we would like to raise awareness of homelessness once again in his memory."

Evening Times:

Paolo, who lives in Manchester, previously appealed for the public's help to raise money to give Matthew "a dignified send off."

Speaking at the time, he said: “[He] was an outgoing, very social lad. A loving uncle to all his many nieces and nephews, who loved him so much, and he is survived by his two children.

“The relationship with the mother of his children had broken down but she is truly heartbroken.

“Matthew had struggled with alcohol addiction and mental health issues, which led to him spending long periods sleeping rough on the streets.

“My brother Matthew had recently been making an effort to get his life back on the straight and narrow. He stayed in regular contact with my parents and gave them regular updates on his attendances at vigils for the homeless and his progress with mental health and alcohol addiction programmes to make a go of things in his birth city of Glasgow.

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“He was a Celtic fanatic and loved to attend the games as a child with eldest brother.

"[He] was popular among friends who knew him for a mischievous sense of humour, his love of football, and devotion to his children and niece.

"He was described as a ‘lovable rogue’ by friends who knew he had a good heart. He deserved the chance of rehabilitation just as much as everyone else.”

Matthew would have celebrated his 30th birthday in October last year.

Marking the special occasion, Paolo posted: "So.. brother. Your living legacy is your children. And your death has taught me how to live, and be well.

"Thank you for being my brother. You will forever have a place in my heart."

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