WHEN Harold Da Santos died, his widow Annice wanted a lasting legacy so created a charity in his memory.
Now after several years of hosting fundraisers for Harry’s Fund, grandaughter Natalie is getting in on the act.
The 23-year-old will tomorrow host an evening of entertainment for the first time for the charity, which aims to help cancer patients with the cost of their treatment.
Natalie, of Hillson Drive in Fareham, said: ‘Gran started the trust and she’s been putting on these big events each year, but they’ve been very Caribbean influenced because that’s our family’s roots.
‘She said she didn’t feel like doing one this year, so I asked if I could take it on.
‘I’m going to do something a bit different this year.
‘Grandad was such a big part of all our lives, I just wanted to help it carry on.’
Natalie has arranged a packed night, including the HMS Collingwood Theatre Group RSC, singer Bex Hanningan, dance troupe Synchronize and rock band Rapid Tranq as well as a prize raffle.
The event is at Titchfield Community Centre, Mill Street, Titchfield, from 7pm tomorrow.
Mr Da Santos – who was known as Harry – died aged 71 in September 2005 after a short fight with cancer.
Annice, who had been married to him for 47 years, said: ‘He told me when he was ill that I should take all the stuff in the attic and sell it so we could give the money to help the children who have cancer. That’s the kind of person he was, he was very caring.
‘I was so distraught when Harry died – we were very, very close.’
Annice said starting the trust with friend Anne Markham helped her cope with her grief.
‘I’ve had a lot of friends who’ve helped me and I’m very grateful to them,’ the 73-year-old added.
‘And although I didn’t organise this one, I’ll definitely be there.’
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