Join special lockdown party in memory of Wellingborough man

Feel Good Fest 2020 will be raising money and awareness of mental health in memory of Eugene Parbery

By Stephanie Weaver
Saturday, 23rd May 2020, 6:00 am

A special lockdown party is being held online in memory of a Wellingborough man who took his own life.

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

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

After receiving lots of support for the event, Tom said: "We booked a big field in Finedon.

"But good old coronavirus kicked in, I tried to hold out as long as possible.

"I kept putting it off, hoping it would happen but when it came to it, I was absolutely devastated that I couldn't do it so I thought I had to do something else.

"A lot of people were doing stuff online and getting DJs to do sets and I thought why can't I do that?

Feel Good Fest is being held in memory of Eugene Parbery of Wellingborough

"We haven't got half as many acts involved, but once again the response has been amazing.

"We have a JustGiving page so people can still donate."

People can join the special lockdown party with various DJs playing from midday until 11pm on Facebook by clicking hereAnd while the online festival won't be quite as Tom had first planned, he really hopes he can do his cousin proud and raise awareness and money for mental health charity Mind.

Tom said: "The main reason I am doing it is in memory of my cousin Eugene but mental health needs to be talked about a lot more, especially in men.

Feel Good Fest is taking place online tomorrow (Sunday) from midday until 11pm

"I didn't realise up until the other day that this week is Mental Health Awareness Week so with the festival coming up, it tops Mental Health Awareness Week off."

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 with the fundraiser inspired by Eugene can search for Feel Good Fest 2020 on Facebook.

Or to make a donation via JustGiving, click here