Ilford fundraiser to celebrate life of DJ friend

A pink disco held in memory of a DJ and co-founder of a social club for people with learning difficulties has raised �200 for charity.

Users of Reaching Lives, also run by people with learning difficulties, decided to organise the fundraiser for their friend Jeremy Abrahams, who died in February after a heart attack.

The event, held at the club’s meeting place, the Cardinal Heenan Centre, High Road, Ilford, included a raffle, henna tattooing and hand massages.

Members managed to raise �200 for Cancer Research UK and last week a representative from the charity visited the club to collect the cheque.

Mr Abrahams, of Ilford, affectionately known by his friends as Hedgehog, helped establish the social club in 2008.

It is for current and former users of Redbridge Community Housing Ltd, though it is run independently.

Club co-ordinator Lisa Swallow, who helped found the club, said: “We wanted to celebrate his life and we thought it would be fitting to raise money for a charity close to his heart.

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“It meant so much to everyone to be able to raise this money.”

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