Feel Good Fest 2020 raises more than £1,000 in memory of Wellingborough man

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The money will go towards helping people who are struggling with their mental health

A special lockdown party has raised more than £1,000 in memory of a man who struggled with his mental health.

Eugene Parbery, 36, of Wellingborough battled with his mental health for several years and his family was heartbroken when it got too much for him on Christmas Eve.

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His cousin Tom Deacon wanted to do something in Eugene's memory and had organised a charity event at Finedon's Tower Fields with live music and entertainment for all the family.

While the original event had to be cancelled due to Covid-19, Tom decided he still wanted to do something and moved the festival online.

The virtual event took place on Sunday (May 24) and raised £1,254 for mental health charity Mind.

A Facebook post from the organisers on Sunday said: "I know we aren’t quite finished yet but we just wanted to say a humongous thank you to everyone who has listened, watched, shared, liked, donated and supported the event today.

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"Tom was genuinely devastated when we had to cancel the festival but today has been such a huge success it has just made us so much more excited for when we can do it properly next year.

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Eugene Parbery of Wellingborough struggled with his mental health | ugc

"We have raised a lot of money for Mind and we’re hoping it will go towards less people suffering in silence and help those who feel they have no one to talk to in their darkest times.

"This event was to help everyone who is or will suffer from mental health problems but also in memory of Tom’s cousin Eugene and I’m sure we can all agree he would be so amazingly proud of his cousin.

"Not forgetting all our DJs who have stuck with us, stepped up and dealt with any technical issues like true pros.

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"We can’t thank you enough for giving up your time for free to help us raise money for such a great cause so close to our hearts.

"You absolutely smashed it!!

"You’re all amazing people, thank you."

Eugene worked as a courier driver at DPD in Raunds and lived in Wellingborough.

The father-of-one loved football and was a big Arsenal fan.

He loved his music and loved to rave so anyone who wants to support Tom's fundraiser inspired by Eugene can make a donation by clicking here

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