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‘Josh would have loved Marchmont fundraiser’

2014 fundraiser in memory of Josh O'Malley at the Marchmont Arms, Hemel Hempstead. PNL-140730-111138001

2014 fundraiser in memory of Josh O'Malley at the Marchmont Arms, Hemel Hempstead. PNL-140730-111138001

 

A pub family fun day and night-time 90s music entertainment in memory of cancer victim Josh O’Malley is expected to smash last year’s £3,000 fundraising total.

Organisers say Saturday’s event at the Marchmont Arms in Piccotts End was a hit with the community who turned out to remember Josh and raise money for Rennie Grove Hospice Care.

John Kemp, who organised the bash with Kenneth and Lewis Corbin of Intermix2, alongside Josh’s family and friends, said: “It was incredibly popular, we are so happy. We haven’t had a final count up but we definitely beat last year’s total.

“It has been incredible and it feels like now people know about it and it’s becoming an annual thing.”

The event was held for the first time last year and John said there will be many more to come.

“Next year we are going to be back bigger and better,” he said.

Kart racing teacher Josh battled cancer for two years before losing his fight aged just 28 in 2012.

John said: “I think Josh would love it.

“The most important thing was that it was so lovely to see all the community together having a good time with so many children all playing and enjoying themselves.

“It truely was beautiful. It was really, really staggering. The atmosphere was incredible and all the people who volunteered were absolutely brilliant.”

 

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