Wellingborough man's memory is inspiration behind mental health fundraiser

Help is needed to stage an event in memory of a Wellingborough man who struggled with his mental health.

Wednesday, 22nd January 2020, 6:00 am

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

A fundraising page set up by Eugene's father Ian Talbot to help with the cost of the funeral has already raised more than £2,800.

The family has been overwhelmed by the support they have had since Eugene's death and his cousin Tom Deacon is now planning a charity event on May 24.

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The event is being held in memory of Eugene of Wellingborough

However, the venue he had originally arranged was double-booked so they are now appealing for help in finding somewhere new, preferably in Wellingborough or Kettering.

The new venue needs to have room for a lorry trailer as this will be the main stage where several different singers and bands.

There will also be numerous other attractions, including a bouncy castle.

Tom, who is a DJ, has already had support from other DJs, but said: "We are looking for companies to sponsor us or for someone to let us have the event in their grounds.

"We want to hear from anyone who would like to get involved and help us pull it off."

Tom, 31, doesn't think Eugene's death has sunk in yet, but hopes the event will raise money and awareness of the mental health issues that his cousin struggled to beat.

He said: "It's all in memory of Eugene."

And he added: "I went for a meeting with mental health charity Mind and they are fully on board with what we are looking to do.

"The event would be raising money for the Kettering and Wellingborough branches of Mind."

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 so the family has asked people wear red and white for his funeral, which is taking place at 3pm on February 5 at Kettering Crematorium.

Anyone who wants to help Tom with the charity event in May can call him on 07932 938017 or email [email protected]

To support the fundraising for Eugene's funeral go to https://www.gofundme.com/f/in-memory-of-eugene-parbery