Fundraising event in memory of Stamford man Antony Regis raises £4,000

Charlotte (8), Courtney (16) and Sophie Regis (13) helped mum Kerry raise funds for the Willow Foundation. They are pictured with photos of their father, Antony Regis, who died in 2015.
Charlotte (8), Courtney (16) and Sophie Regis (13) helped mum Kerry raise funds for the Willow Foundation. They are pictured with photos of their father, Antony Regis, who died in 2015.
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A fundraising raffle and auction held in memory of a Stamford man who died aged 36 has raised an impressive £4,000 for charity.

Kerry Regis, 33, organised the event which took place on Saturday night at The Danish Invader bar and restaurant in Empingham Road, Stamford.

It was held to raise money for the Willow Foundation in memory of Antony Regis – the father of Kerry’s three children – who sadly died of a heart attack in June 2015.

Kerry said: “The night went really well and I’m delighted the amount of money raised.

“At the end of the night the total stood at £3,800, and my mum, Patricia Birch, said she’d round it up to £4,000, which was amazing.”

Back in 2004, when Antony was suffering from testicular cancer, the Willow Foundation paid for the family to have a trip to Center Parcs, and Kerry never forgot that generosity.

Kerry and Antony separated six years ago but were still close friends.

High-profile auction lots which helped bring in cash for appeal included an Apple MacBook Pro laptop, which sold for £850, an iPad which went for £350 and a meal for two at The George which sold for £105.

Kerry and partner Nick Howard are thrilled. She added: “Now the event is over it’s time for us to move on as a family. It has been a ball, but it’s done now.”

The Willow Foundation is the only national charity working with seriously ill young adults aged 16 to 40 to fulfil uplifting and unforgettable Special Days.

Since 1999 the charity has helped more than 12,000 people living with life-threatening conditions such as cancer, motor neurone disease, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy and Huntington’s disease.

For more information, visit www.willowfoundation.org.uk