Fun day at Rugby’s Whitehall Rec today (Saturday) in honour of Joel Smith

Joel Smith.
Joel Smith.

Today’s the day when people will gather and raise funds for a popular boy who lost his life after battling leukaemia.

Party in the Park: Reloaded 2015 is being held in honour of the popular teenager, who died after a brave battle with leukaemia.

He was just 15 when he lost his brave fight last year, but died cancer free.

His aunt, Hayley Hammond, is organising the event and hopes it will be the biggest and best yet with the superheroes theme a fitting tribute to Joel.

She is urging other people to get in the party spirit and dress up to try and break a world record for most superheroes at one event.

Funds will go to the Teenage Cancer Trust, who helped Joel and his family so much.

Hayley has helped raise thousands for the charity since losing her nephew.

She said: “Preparations are nearly complete ready for Reloaded on Saturday – posters and banners are up, raffle prizes are arriving, and all our lovely exhibitors are rocking and roaring to go.

“We have so much going on this year, it’s going to be amazing.”

Rugby Fire and Rescue are back, along withy live music from artists Sophia Vassalos, Paper Street Company and Stonefire.

There will also be a hog roast, other refreshments, stalls, face-painting, dance displays and games.

Hayley said: “I am so excited about this year’s Reloaded. The stalls are better than even ever, the bands are awesome and the support from everyone has been immense.

“Being one year since Joel passed, it is tough trying to keep going. Reloaded is so important to our family, and we hope to bring some fun to the community. The day is about raising awareness and funds for Teenage Cancer Trust.”

It takes place at Whitehall Recreation Ground from 11.30am. Hayley said: “We are going for a world record attempt of most superheroes at the event, so we hope lots of people will get in the spirit and dress up.”

There’s something for everyone with a petting zoo, face painting, games, hog roast and raffle. Hayley said: “We have some top quality prizes this year and I would to thank everyone who has supported the event from the bottom of my heart. Now we are just hoping the sun will shine on us.”