Buskers to go out in force raising funds in memory of Arran

ALWAYS SMILING: Arran Tosh, 13. ANL-141106-093736001

ALWAYS SMILING: Arran Tosh, 13. ANL-141106-093736001

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A busking event is to take place throughout the day on Saturday to raise funds for the Smile of Arran Trust and Cancer Research UK.

The trust was set up in memory of local fundraiser and keen musician Arran Tosh, 13, who died of a Brain Tumour in June last year.

The Big Busk is taking place in Sudbury on the Market Hill, outside the Cancer Research shop between 11am and 3pm.

A rotation of buskers will be giving their talents including folk duo Pick Yer Feet Up, local roots band The Bijoux Toots and many others including friends of Arran.

The Smile of Arran Trust will be selling cakes and other items while volunteers from the shop will be shaking buckets for any loose change.

Organiser Alli Burke said: “I wanted to do something to help the Tosh family in their tireless fundraising in Arran’s memory.

“Arran was a very good friend of my son Joe Snell, and together with their friend Toby Halls, the three boys busked their way into the local press last April when they anonymously raised money for Cancer Research.”

The Free Press helped lead a hunt to find the identity of the ‘mystery buskers’.

Mrs Burke added: “Soon after that, the boys took centre stage at a Leukaemia fundraiser concert that I organised in St Peters and again helped to raise over £3,000 for charity.

“Then we lost Arran. So, what better way to remember him than to busk, as he did, to raise money for the charities that his family support.”