A pub landlord is marking the tenth anniversary of his best friend’s death with a fundraising extravaganza in aid of cancer research.
Richard Keszeg, who manages AJ’s Bar in Dunchurch Road with his partner, will be offering a 12-hour disco, curry, a raffle, special drink offers and entertainment at the event on October 24 from 2pm to 2am.
The event will raise money for Stand Up to Cancer in memory of Richard’s best friend. The 22-year-old farmer died in Hungary after battling cancer.
He was part of a canoeing team alongside Richard and members took him for one last tour by modifying a canoe and putting in a bed.
“That tour was not same as usual and he died two weeks later, but he is in a better place now,” Richard said.
“It will be an emotional evening for me but I hope we can raise lots of money to go towards research so this doesn’t have to happen any more.
“When I saw the Stand Up to Cancer campaign I thought, I can’t run marathon, I can’t cycle hundreds of miles, or swim the English Channel, but I can organise an event for charity.”
The campaign is an initiative created to accelerate innovative cancer research that will get new therapies to patients quickly.
Bar staff will donate their daily wage to the charity and the business will donate 20 per cent of the day’s takings.
Richard has set a target of £3,000. To donate go to www.justgiving.com/stand-up-to-cancer-Aj-s-Bar
Donations can also be made by texting DAJS62 and the amount people want to give to 70070.
Richard has been managing AJ’s Bar, the former Royal Oak, since June this year.