There has been reason for double celebration for the Tosh family from Sudbury this month as the Smile of Arran Trust, set up following the death of Arran Tosh, 13, in June 2014, has reached £80,000, while gaining two new celebrity patrons in The Proclaimers.
The singing/songwriting duo agreed to become the charity’s patrons after meeting the family at their recent concert in Bury St Edmunds.
It marks a great month for the family as the fund started following a wave a donations following Arran’s death has now reached £80,000.
Arran died just days after it was discovered he had a brain tumour.
At the time he was raising funds for Cancer Research UK as he prepared to have his hair shaved off.
Following his death thousands of pounds were donated to his online fundraising page. This formed the basis for the trust set up by his family in his memory which now supports brain tumour sufferers nationwide, as well as providing financial support to local hospitals and national charities.
Arran’s mother Alison said: “To raise over £80,000 is amazing. All donations are grateful received and we are so grateful as a family and a charity.”
She added she was “highly delighted” to have the backing of The Proclaimers.
The charity’s next fundraiser will be a beer and music festival taking place at The Wheatsheaf Inn, Castle Hedingham, on August 6.
The Isle of Arran walk, the island which Arran was named after, also starts on August 6.
The walk, which includes stop at the Highland Games the day before, will see 32 people take part.
Last year the event raised £3,000. Already funds are in excess of £5,000 this year.
There will also be a football fundraiser at Law Meadow in Sible Hedingham on August 28, to raise funds for the charity. As well as a tournament there will be live music and stalls.
For more information on the charity, fundraisers or to donate please visit www.smileofarran.org/.