Fundraising party remembers Darren

FAMILY and friends of a young man tragically killed in a double fatal road crash held a fundraising night in his memory to help buy vital lifesaving equipment.

FAMILY and friends of a young man tragically killed in a double fatal road crash held a fundraising night in his memory to help buy vital lifesaving equipment.

Darren Welton, 20, of Kelsale, near Saxmudham, died following a collision on the A145 at Henham on January 23 last year.

On Saturday family and friends packed out Martlesham Village Hall to help raise money to buy a ventilator at the James Paget University Hospital.

The night - which included a meal, party games, karaoke and live music - was organised by Mr Welton's cousin, Lucy Norfolk, a 27-year-old receptionist from Badingham.


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She said: 'It was brilliant. Around 70 people came along and I think we raised nearly �350 - although we are still counting.

'Darren would have been so proud. I'd like to say a big thank-you to everyone who came along but especially Dan Peek, who compered the night and my mum, Lynnette Moore, who helped with most of the food.'

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Mr Welton's family are hoping to raise �17,000 through the Darren Welton Charity to buy a Monsoon ventilator for the intensive care unit of the James Paget, in Gorleston, where he died following the crash.

So far the family have raised �5,000 toward the machine - which will help keep punctured lungs inflated while surgeons carry out lifesaving operations - and another event is planned for his birthday in June.

The accident also claimed the life of his friend Samuel Fordham, 28, from Saxmundham.

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