Pub shows its support for families of murder victims

Eugene Scardifield (40) with his mum Helen Smith (60)
Eugene Scardifield (40) with his mum Helen Smith (60)
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A PUB in Hayling Island has shown its genreous nature at a charity event held to help the families of murder and manslaughter victims.

The Hayling Billy, in Elm Grove, held a music festival last month in support of Eugene Scardifield, who tragically lost his brother, Michael, to murder in 2015.

The music festival raised money for SAMM (Support after Murder or Manslaughter), the charity that initially helped the Scardifield family after they lost Michael.

Eugene, from Hayling Island, said he was grateful for the support and the awareness raised for the charity. 

Event organiser Martin Nash, 43, said: ‘It was a very good success and we managed to raise £907 in total.’ 

The pub-run music festival hosted multiple performers on both an inside and outside stage, including acts such as One For the Road, Boozy Brothers, DJ Tony James, Scott Hodges, Tony’s Girls, Graham Cool, Ray Pepo.

More than 200 customers were charged £3 for entry tickets and in return were treated to barbecue food and entertainment. 

The Hayling Billy Pub also raised money from a raffle, as well as a game show of ‘Play your cards right’.

Martin Nash and the rest of the team at Hayling Billy plan to host a similar event next summer. 

Eugene has held several fundraisers for SAMM and he completed the Three Peaks Challenge in 24 hours last month.

Eugene and his mum Helen Smith featured on Jeremy Kyle’s show last week as part of its Truth Behind the Headlines series.