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Gosport family fun day held in memory of Joe is huge success

Joseph Gower's parents Alan Gower (45) and Elise Gower (39) at the fete with some homemade cupcakes.

Picture: Sarah Standing (142504-4373) PPP-140824-162709001

Joseph Gower's parents Alan Gower (45) and Elise Gower (39) at the fete with some homemade cupcakes. Picture: Sarah Standing (142504-4373) PPP-140824-162709001

THEY have raised thousands of pounds for charity already but the Gower family want to raise more.

Elise and Alan Gower organised a family fun day in memory of their son Joe who died last year from a brain tumour aged five.

So far, a number of charity events have raised a total of around £10,000 and mum Elise, from Gosport, hopes to raise a further £1,000 from the fun day.

Along with a small petting zoo, families enjoyed several inflatables, face-painting, a raffle and music.

Elise said: ‘We wanted to hold a fun day in memory of Joe.

‘We have done a lot to raise money in his name and this will probably be the final event of this year.

‘We have raised around £10,000 for different charities who have helped us.’

The fun day was raising money for Naomi House – the hospice for sick children where Joe stayed.

And in the past year, Elise and Alan have donated money to the Piam Brown Ward and the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Southampton General Hospital and Clic Sargent.

Elise added: ‘We wanted the first year after Joe’s death to be about fundraising for him and we have been busy with sponsored runs, cake sales and sponsored cycles.’

Children at the fun day enjoyed the inflatables and the barbecue as well as the prizes that were on offer at the raffle.

Carla Whitbread, from Alverstoke, brought her six-year-old son Joseph along to the fun day.

She said: ‘My son went to the same school as Joe so we wanted to support their charity efforts.

‘It’s a great way to raise awareness and a brilliant way for everyone to remember Joe.’

 

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