The landlady of the Horse & Groom pub is holding a fund-raising charity ball on Saturday (September 28) to raise funds for defibrillators in memory of her teenage cousin who died of a heart attack.
Kelly Bishop aims to raise £10,000 at the End of Summer Ball in order to have five defibrillator units in North Essex - a move inspired by the death of her cousin James Haggerty, who last month would have celebrated his 18th birthday.
She said: “Five years ago I lost my teenage cousin at 13-years-old, he died of a sudden heart attack, and having never suffered any previous heart related illness, we were devastated.
“In his memory we have been fund-raising. As we live in rural areas sometimes an ambulance could take up to 20 minutes to attend. Speed is essential if someone is having a heart attack,
“We have sold 183 tickets for this wonderful event being held in a luxury Marquee. We have an auction, close up magician, swing singers, soul singers & topping the bill is England best tribute and to Take That, Fake That.”
To buy a ticket for the ball call 01799 586306.