Smile Festival returning to Sudbury this summer to help keep memory of Arran Tosh alive
A Sudbury music festival – inspired by a teenage boy who lost his life to a brain tumour – is set to return this summer in the hope of continuing to preserve his memory.
Ticket sales began this month for the second Smile Festival, taking place at AFC Sudbury on July 20, following a successful first event in 2017 to raise money for the Smile of Arran Trust.
Both the festival and the charity were founded in honour of Arran Tosh, who died in 2014, just days after being diagnosed with a brain tumour following an opticians appointment.
His sister, Abbie, who is organising the festival, said she feels it is the most fitting way to raise money in Arran’s memory, as he was a big music lover, and she wants to keep his personality alive within the event.
She revealed the first act that was announced for this year’s event, Just Jack, was one of Arran’s favourite musicians and was “over the moon” to be asked to play at the festival.
Abbie said: “I do this to raise awareness for the charity, but it’s always nice to have that personal touch.
“From starting it to now, we are three years in, so it still amazes me how much people want to get involved.
“Not just people like Just Jack, who has been really popular in the music industry, and he was blown away by Arran’s story, but also the continued support of local people is amazing and it keeps the family going.
“We couldn’t do it without the support of everyone. They are the ones who give their time and money.”
She added that her ambition is to eventually make the festival a yearly occasion, and continue to spread Arran’s story, allowing the charity to help other families whose lives have been impacted by a brain tumour.
To find out more about the Smile Festival, go to www.smilefestival.co.uk. For further information about the Smile of Arran Trust, visit smileofarran.org.