Newark fundraiser champion Chris Wright hopes to put on annual events to remember his wife Amanda who died from a rare brain tumour.
Mr Wright’s yearly events goal comes after a celebratory event was held at Newark Golf Club on September 18.
The 44-year-old revealed £5,500 was raised on the day for cancer charity Brain Tumour Research, which Mr Wright said was a “huge” amount.
“The day was great. I have never been a fundraiser before, so it was a new experience,” he said.
“It was a family-fun day with loads of entertainment from bouncy castles to slides to face-painting.
“In the evening, there was lots of entertainment. It was £20 a ticket, with all the money going to Brain Tumour Research. We raised £5,500 in total, which is a huge amount.”
Long-time friend Sarah Fawcett, who helped organised the event, also declared the day was a great success.
The charity fundraising began at Amanda’s funeral, where Chris managed to raise £7,000.
Mr Wright declared after the event he hopes to hold annual events to celebrate the life of Amanda with colleagues and close friends, as he has raised £13,000 since her death for Brain Tumour Research.
He said: “I had expectations which I put on myself for the day, as it was a celebration for Amanda. My plan is to do the same next year and hopefully do this annually to remember Amanda.
“I do not want this to just be a one-off thing. I want to do an event every year for everyone to remember Amanda and continue to raise money for the charity.”
The event was filled with entertainment for children and adults, with the cancer charity supplying bunting for the celebration day.
It was well-attended, with 160 adults and 60 children attending, including many friends of Amanda and entertainment continued into the night with a disco and buffets.
Mr Wright has also been offered the opportunity to visit Brain Tumour Research laboratories and will receive an official certificate, after raising a total of £13,000 since his wife died.
Mr Wright said: “Brain Tumour Research have been in touch since the event, and I will be receiving an official certificate from them.
“They have offered me the opportunity to visit their research laboratories, which will be great.”
Mr Wright stated Amanda “touched and was loved by so many” in Newark and was one of the co-founders of baby sensory group Rhyme, Rattle and Roll.
Mrs Wright went to Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham after suffering with headaches, and passed away in January, aged 43 due to a rare brain tumour.
She was a teacher for 20 years, working for Barrowby primary school in all that time.
Amanda and Chris were childhood lovers, who were together for 30 years, and she leaves her husband and two children – Lily, who is seven and three-year-old Oliver.
This comes after a memorial bench was unveiled in memory of Amanda in Beaumond Gardens, Newark in May, where mothers, fathers and children – members of Rattle, Rhyme and Roll – were present.