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Pub fun day in memory of father-of-three

PUBLISHED: 16:33 31 August 2010 | UPDATED: 16:42 31 August 2010

Scores of people flocked to a city pub as a community rallied round to raise funds in memory of a much-missed father-of-three.

The Cock pub in Lakenham was packed as friends and family gathered to raise money for the hospital unit which cared for roofer Glen Freeman, who died after a fall while on holiday in Corfu.

From head-shaving and chest or back waxing for those feeling brave, to the more pleasurable pursuit of paying a quid for a kiss, scores of volunteers gave their time to run stalls and games at the event on Sunday.

Mr Freeman’s older brother Mick, 49, from Dussindale, said despite some heavy showers the day proved an overwhelming success.

He said: “It went really well considering the weather and we think about two or three hundred people turned up.

“Glen was a very well liked person and he would have been well chuffed with the turnout.

“I would just like to thank everybody who turned up and supported the event. I appreciate it very much.

“We’re well chuffed with how it went and hopefully we have raised a nice bit of money for the Norfolk and Norwich intensive care unit.”

Mr Freeman, 47, from Theobald Road, Lakenham, was with his wife Carol, and friends in Corfu in May when he fell from a 12ft height.

He spent several days in intensive care in hospital on the Greek island before being flown back to the UK, where his family took the difficult decision to switch off his life support machine.

While it is still too early to say how much money has been raised, it is hoped it will run into hundreds of pounds to go towards the High Dependency Unit at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

Are you organising a fundraising event in memory of a loved one? Contact reporter Kim Briscoe on 01603 772419 or email kim.briscoe@archant.co.uk.

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