Haverhill parents raise thousands for charity in memory of their son

From left:  Denise Tarrant, Sean Tarrant, Ailsa Bowring and Michelle Gray (ACT's head of community fundraising). Contributed picture ANL-150929-135951001
From left: Denise Tarrant, Sean Tarrant, Ailsa Bowring and Michelle Gray (ACT's head of community fundraising). Contributed picture ANL-150929-135951001

A Haverhill couple who lost their 16-year-old son to cancer have raised more than £8,000 for an Addenbrooke’s Hospital rehabilitation service for children with brain tumours.

Denise and Sean Tarrant held a fundraising golf day in July at Saffron Walden Golf Club, raising £8,172.23 for the Brainbow service.

The Brainbow service helps children with brain tumours to maximise their full potential and was set up by Addenbrooke’s and three independent charities in 2013. Fund-raising for the service is managed by Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT).

Denise and Sean’s son Joshua died of cancer in 2012, eight years after being diagnosed with rare highly malignant brain tumours.

He was treated at Addenbrooke’s over many years, undergoing chemotherapy, radiotherapy and other treatments.

The fundraising day was the third golf event that Denise and Sean have held in Joshua’s memory. They have now raised over £21,000 in total for charity.

The golf day included an evening meal attended by over 100 family and friends, a raffle and auction.

Denise and Sean said: “Joshua constantly defied the expectations of his doctors and was determined to live as normal a life as possible.

“He had an infectious smile and was a very happy boy. We will continue to raise money and fight in his name.”

Ailsa Bowring, Brainbow service project coordinator said: “It was a well organised event, with a really lovely atmosphere. Well done to everyone involved in making it such a success.

“We’re very grateful for this support, which will be a great benefit to children and young people with brain tumours.”

Next year’s golf day, which will also be in support of the Brainbow service, will be held on August 12 to celebrate what would have been Joshua’s 21st birthday.

Anyone interested in registering a team should contact joshuatarrantmemorial@yahoo.co.uk.

If anyone is interested in fundraising for the Brainbow service at Addenbrooke’s, please contact ACT on 01223 217757, fundraising@act4addenbrookes.org.uk or go to www.act4addenbrookes.org.uk.