Fund in memory of Higham Ferrers man tops £100,000 with night of glitz and glamour

Matthew Pinnock, 22, of Higham Ferrers, surrounded by his friends
Matthew Pinnock, 22, of Higham Ferrers, surrounded by his friends
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A fund set up to raise money in memory of 22-year-old Matthew Pinnock who had an inoperable brain tumour has now raised more than £100,000.

Team Butters started fundraising in memory of Matthew, from Higham Ferrers, who died from a brain tumour in December 2012 aged just 22.

The fundraiser at Rushden Town Bowls Club in memory of Matthew Pinnock

The fundraiser at Rushden Town Bowls Club in memory of Matthew Pinnock

Since then, his family and friends have raised thousands of pounds in his memory and they have just added more than £11,800 to the total with a fundraiser at Rushden Town Bowls Club.

Guests arrived to see an impressive Aston Martin DB5 on show before enjoying an evening of entertainment including a casino and an auction organised by Richard Pinnock and Aaron Weekley with more than 20 items to bid for.

All of the prizes were donated by local businesses or friends, with one donation of box tickets to see Justin Bieber at the O2 in London selling for £2,000.

After a few words about why everyone was there, the entertainment turned to dancing with music provided by Fillet O’Soul before the DJ took over.

The latest fundraiser raised more than �11,000

The latest fundraiser raised more than �11,000

Friend Aaron Weekley said: “It was a hugely successful evening and one I know Matthew would have thoroughly enjoyed.

“His fun and loving spirit was with us all and brought an atmosphere to the party which I just can’t explain.

“We would really like to thank everyone involved both in organising and in attendance to make the night such a success.

“The total raised on the night for CLIC Sargent in memory of Matthew was £11,858.00.”

Aaron Weekley and Becky Ripley by the Aston Martin DB5

Aaron Weekley and Becky Ripley by the Aston Martin DB5

Special mentions have been made to Mobile Promotions who sponsor a chosen charity each year and assisted with the production of the event, Laura Kate Photographics for photography on the night, DJ Chris Barnes, Fabtronic for providing atmospheric lighting and staging and Desmond J Smail of Olney for providing the Aston Martin for the evening.

Aaron added: “On behalf of Matthew’s family and myself, we would like to thank everyone to date that has donated in any way shape or form since finding out about Matthews’s condition and passing.

“The support has been overwhelming and everyone’s contributions, be it time or money, never go unnoticed.

“The total raised in memory of Matthew now stands at a total of £123,332.90.

The fundraiser at Rushden Town Bowls Club in memory of Matthew Pinnock took place in May

The fundraiser at Rushden Town Bowls Club in memory of Matthew Pinnock took place in May

“Thank you to everyone for the ongoing support in helping those affected by cancer and in particular helping raise money for Clic Sargent.

“Their ongoing support to children and young people with cancer is priceless, and provide both Matthew and his family with invaluable support.”

For more information about CLIC Sargent and its work, click here

The fundraiser at Rushden Town Bowls Club

The fundraiser at Rushden Town Bowls Club

The fundraiser was a huge success

The fundraiser was a huge success