Family fun day to raise money in Josh’s memory

Last year's Marchmont Arms fun day for Rennie Grove
Last year's Marchmont Arms fun day for Rennie Grove

The Marchmont Arms in Hemel Hempstead will tomorrow play host to a superb day of fun for all ages to raise money for charity.

The event, which took place for the first time last summer, includes a Family Fun Day from 11am to 5pm and a 90s themed music evening starting at 7pm.

The day’s festivities are all being held in memory of Josh O’Malley, who died aged 28 in 2012 after a two-year struggle with cancer.

Josh was a national champion at kart racing, which he also taught to others. He took up the sport at Rye House Kart Raceway in east Herts when he was just nine.

Profits from the day will go to Rennie Grove Hospice Care whose hospice at home service cared for Josh before he died.

The fun day has numerous activities and events to keep all ages entertained throughout the day, with a huge range of inflatables, facepainting, a children’s disco, entertainment provided by Ken Corbin of Intermix2 and lots more.

An inflatable quasar arena is a new attraction for this year and is expected to be hugely popular.

In the evening, DJs JB John, and Intermix2’s Lewis “DJ Versatile” Corbin will take everyone back to the 90s, playing a selection of classic hits throughout the night and working their way through the genres that defined the 90s, from soulful R&B to thumping dance tracks.

After the success of the event in 2013, the organisers are determined to make this year even better.

“We’re delighted to be invited back again,” said event organiser John Kemp aka JB John. “The feedback from last year was fantastic: parents and kids alike had a great time both day and night.

“Improvements this year include music playing from the veranda and a superb new inflatable attraction in the garden, while in the evening there will be extra sound and a new light show, alongside the newly built garden bar.

“My thanks go to The Marchmont Arms for providing the venue, Intermix2 for being the backbone of the event and all the volunteers that work so hard day and night to make it such an enjoyable event for everyone.”

Rennie Grove Hospice Care’s community fundraising manager Penny Crosswell said: “Events such as these are fantastic ways of raising both funds and awareness for the vital care that Rennie Grove provides to local patients with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.

“After last year’s success, we have no doubt that the organisers of this year’s Fun Day and Club Night will once again provide superb entertainment for all who attend.

“We’re very grateful both to them and to the Marchmont Arms for their continued support.”

Entry to the fun day is free for children, while all adults are asked to make a minimum donation of £1.

Tickets for the Back to the 90s evening are priced at £5 each. You can find out more information at the event’s official Facebook page by clicking here