Fun day in memory of Joel

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A fun day in the park is being held in memory of a much-loved Hillmorton teenager who died from leukaemia.

Reloaded is being held in Whitehall Rec as a tribute to 15-year-old Joel Smith, who lost his battle against the disease on March 20. It is being organised by his auntie Hayley Hammond, who was the driving force behind Party in the Park at Caldecott Park last year.

Hayley said: “We managed to raise £3,200 for the Teenage Cancer Trust at the last event.

“I’m hoping we can raise more this year in memory of Joel, who was a great lad who fought bravely and with humour until the end.”

She said she was making plans for the next event with Joel, who attended Bilton School.

His mum Lisa, who is pictured with her son, would like to thank everybody who has supported them and helped to raise funds.

“The Teenage Cancer Trust did so much for Joel and the family,” said Hayley.

“This is our way of giving something back to them and I know Joel would not have wanted me to cancel this event.”

The day includes fun fair rides, stalls, performances, exhibitions, demonstrations, music and bands. It starts at 11.30am and if you would like more information visit or telephone 07976 905415.

Picture shows Joel with his mum Lisa, not with his auntie and grandmother as stated in this week’s Rugby Advertiser.