Kelly says big thanks to kind people of Royston after fundraiser in memory of uncle

Kelly at the fundraiser

Kelly at the fundraiser - Credit: Archant

A woman who lost her uncle to suicide has thanked the people of Royston for helping her raise £700 for Mind mental health charity.

Kelly Galvin, from Reed, raised the money in memory of her uncle Eddie through a charity night in Royston and hopes to get even more dosh when she tackles the Great North Run next month.

Kelly held the fundraising bash at the Old Bull Inn on Saturday, and about 65 people, between the ages of 19 and 70, rocked up to show their support.

The 33-year-old said: “So many people turned up which amazed me as the world seemed to be on holiday when we were sending out invites.

“The two live bands Wolf Pack and The Chevrons kept every one dancing with their Motown, soul and rock inspired covers all night.”


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Kelly said the highlight of the night, at which the dress code was loud and proud for women and awful shirts for men, was the photo booth, kindly donated by RussellJonesphotography.co.uk.

Kelly added: “Ben Jones and his team at the Old Bull Inn could not have done enough for us after donating the venue for free.

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“And the prizes donated by all the local pubs and restaurants went down a storm.

“I cannot believe it. Thank you thank you thank you to all the kind local people.

“I can now run this half marathon without the worry of hitting my target. ”

Last week Kelly, who works in marketing, opened up to the Crow about the pain of losing somebody close to suicide.

She said: “Mental health problems are so common.

“Several people I have known and shared special times with have tragically taken their own lives and you always think ‘what could have been said to have stopped that happening?’

“My family all come across as the most outgoing and strong characters, you wouldn’t expect it.

“When I found out about Mind it made me think of my uncle and I knew I couldn’t run for anybody else. I always make sure I have a really healthy lifestyle because I know my family have suffered terribly.”

To donate to Kelly’s fundraising mission, visit www.justgiving.com/kellygalvin81.

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