Photo 1: Garry Jarrett’s family and friends release balloons at a garden party in his memory
Family and friends of a Halstead father who died after a road accident held a garden party in celebration of his life and raised more than £3,000 for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.
Former Wilderness School pupil Garry Jarrett, 24, was airlifted by the charity helicopter but sadly passed away after a week in intensive care at the Royal London Hospital.
His parents Chris and Roger recently threw open the doors of their Beaconfields home to mark the second anniversary of his passing.
More than 100 family and friends including Garry’s fiancée Sian attended and helped to raise a grand total of £3,018 from an auction and raffles.
They also released Air Ambulance balloons into the sky including one from Garry’s son Alfie, 2, which read: “Dad you’re my hero.”
Chris said: “It was just overwhelming and fantastic because some of the neighbours, who we hadn’t invited, came round and made donations.
“I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone for coming, and to all the local businesses who pledged their support.”
Raffle prizes included signed England and Chelsea football shirts, a spa day for two at Brandshatch Place Hotel and a golf day for four at Nizels Golf and Country Club.
There was also a disco, barbecue, hog roast, Zumba class and a visit from Charlie the Clown.
In 2012, Garry’s family raised more than £15,000 for the Air Ambulance from funeral donations and a bike ride at Bedgebury Pinetum.