The family of a man allegedly murdered in Swindon have now launched a fundraiser for his funeral.

Dad-of-two Terry Ricketts died after sustaining fatal injuries during what police have described as a "serious assault" at a property in Westbourne Court, Rodbourne, at around 1am on Sunday, February 25.

The 53-year-old has been described by his family as the "best dad and granddad".

“Terry was a devoted husband, the best dad and granddad to his six grandchildren," his family have said.

“He was a good friend to many and would give the shirt off his back to help anyone in any way he could.

“He loved pottering about doing anything to do with DIY and he adored his fishing. His happy place was always down by a lake."

Terry's death has caused huge distress to his wife, children and grandchildren, who have turned to GoFundMe to raise money for his funeral.

"The family want to give him a really good send off so every penny counts," the fundraiser description reads.

The fundraising page has currently raised £280 of the £500 target at the time of writing, but Terry's family are hoping that the Swindon community will come together to help as much as possible.

"He was the best dad to me and my brother Kyle and the best grandad to his 6 grandchildren, Nevaeh, Theo, Aaliyah, Keira-Leigh, Kai, Kylah-Rae," said Terry's daughter Kayleigh Ricketts.

"He loved his music and films, especially Band of Brothers, loved doing DIY stuff and teaching others how to do stuff."

Swindon Advertiser: Terry, who was allegedly murdered, loved fishing and spending time with his family.Terry, who was allegedly murdered, loved fishing and spending time with his family. (Image: Wiltshire Police)

Grant Walker of Faringdon Road, Swindon, appeared before Swindon Magistrates' Court charged with Terry's murder on Tuesday, February 27.

The 32-year-old did not enter any plea and spoke only to confirm his personal details.

The hearing took less than 10 minutes in total, and Walker is next expected to appear at Bristol Crown Court.

Investigating officer Detective Inspector Hatch said: “I’d like to offer my condolences to the victim's family and thank them for their support during this investigation.

“Our thoughts are with them and they continue to be supported by specially trained officers.”