Two events in one day raise more than £4,000 for Littlehampton charity

ABOUT 300 people came together to raise more than £4,000 for charity, while having a great time and remembering a friend.

The second annual Jamie's Wish funday and evening of entertainment were held at the Scout hut in Linden Park on Saturday, in memory of Jamie Buckfield who died in 2007 from a brain tumour, aged just 20.

Event organiser and Jamie's mum, Tracey Terry, said that while all the money had not yet been counted, more than 4,200 had been raised, and that 3,000 would be given to the family of nine-year-old Rowan

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Hitchman, who has been diagnosed with a brain tumour, to go towards their visit to Disney Land.

During the day, there were about 20 stalls and a beer and Pimms tent, as well as a wrestling contest, a pet show, judged by Littlehampton mayor Mark Butler, and a baby show, judged by Littlehampton carnival queen Jessica Bridge.

Tracey added that a late entry to the pet show, a parrot, went into the baby competition instead, though the winner was Olivia Banham-Brown.

Her dad, Dave, said: "I was very proud of her, she is amazing. We only popped in on the off chance, and decided to enter her, so it's really great that she won."

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The evening event included music from local band Banjaxed, as well as a charity auction, which saw an oil painting of Jamie, created by his school friend Chris Adderley, sell for 150, and 23 Chinese lanterns, all with personal messages inscribed on them, were released.

Tracey said: "A big thank you to Laura Mays for the baby competition trophy, and the 250 burgers and buns for the barbecue, a huge thank you to all the 40 helpers I had throughout the day, and to all the shops and businesses around Littlehampton who help us hugely by donating, and made it possible.

"Roll on next year."


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