Friends rally to raise funds in Joel’s memory

Nina Armstrong braves a cold bath
Nina Armstrong braves a cold bath

Friends of a popular teenager who died from cancer have held a family fun day in his honour.

It took place at Oakfield Social Club in Bilton last Sunday in memory of Joel Smith.

The Bilton School pupil was diagnosed with an aggressive form of the disease last June.

Despite a brave battle, the 15-year-old died last month.

The fun day was organised by Michelle Kessna, Craig Adam and Jay Atkinson.

Michelle said: “We were really pleased with the way the fun day went and would like to thank everybody who contributed in any way.

“It was a really fitting tribute to Joel and there were lots of smiles on the day, which he would have loved.”

Joel’s parents attended the event, which included stalls, games and people having their hair shaved off.

Michelle said: “One brave girl, Jenni Carter, shaved all her hair off to raise funds.”

The day has helped raise hundreds of pounds for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

“We are still waiting for sponsorship to come in,” said Michelle. “But we have raised over £400.”

Family and friends also bought £2 bracelets in aid of the charity. Michelle said: “Joel was a very friendly, happy and outgoing young lad.

“We hope to raise as much as we can in his memory.”

Anyone wishing to donate to the appeal can email or visit Fundraising For Teenage Cancer Trust on Facebook.