Rocking fun day in memory of Josh, 28

Marchmont Arms fundraiser handover
Marchmont Arms fundraiser handover

A family fun day and ‘back to the 90s’ evening in memory of karting entrepreneur Josh O’Malley, who lost his life to cancer at the age of just 28, has raised £3,000 for the hospice team that looked after him in his final days.

Josh, of Belswains Lane. Hemel Hempstead, was cared for by Rennie Grove Hospice Care nurses before he died in February last year.

He was just 26 when he was diagnosed with bowel cancer but fought to the very end, determined to live life to the full.

He owned his own business, Newkart, based at the Rye House track at Hoddesdon, and was an inspiration for many young racers that he mentored while running his own race team.

DJ John Kemp, a regular at the Marchmont Arms at Piccotts End, is a close friend of Josh’s older sister Rebecca and organised the fundraiser as well as performing a set on the night.

He believes Hemel Hempstead needs more events like this to “bring people together, especially for good causes.” and hinted at future fundraising in memory of Josh.

The popular pub had a day of fun family challenges including hopscotch, Connect 4, a rodeo bull and sumo wrestling outfits to help bring in the cash, with magician Leon Thompson entertaining guests.

In the evening guest DJs from Intermix2 played club classics and hits from the 90s to a packed dance floor.

Rennie Grove’s director of fundraising Gillian Barnet said: “We are so grateful to all the staff at The Marchmont Arms and the guest DJs from JB John and Intermix2 for all their hard work – and of course all the guests who attended and donated generously have also helped towards this fantastic fundraising total. ”