The tragic and untimely death of 25-year-old Josh Gilbert, in 2017, a young farmer who collapsed while playing rugby, has inspired three organisations The Suffolk Young Farmers, Thurston Rugby Club and Walsham Le Willows Sports Club to organise a fundraising event.
The gala dinner, which is being held on Saturday, September 15, will include an auction with the proceeds being divided between organisations which Josh was closely linked to and the charity HEART UK – The Cholesterol Charity.
The fundraising event is timely as October is National Cholesterol Month a campaign organised by HEART UK .
National Cholesterol Month is an month devoted to raising awareness of the dangers of high cholesterol and raising funds to help HEART UK continue to provide its vital life-saving work.
More than half of UK adults have high cholesterol, which is known as the silent killer as too much cholesterol in the blood increases the risk of developing heart and other circulatory diseases.
Tory Lugsden of Suffolk Young Farmers and one of the organisers said: “Josh was chairman of Bury St Edmunds Young Farmers and was a larger than life character. We were so shocked and saddened by what happened, that we wanted to do something in memory of Josh and to celebrate his life. The gala dinner for 300 people has sold out. All the proceeds from the auction and the raffle will be donated to HEART UK , together with a percentage of the ticket sales.”