Fundraising effort keeps Daniel’s memory uppermost

Julie Sands, daughter Stacy Sands, son-in-law Dave Morgan and son Andrew Sands
Julie Sands, daughter Stacy Sands, son-in-law Dave Morgan and son Andrew Sands

THE friends and family of a man who died of an incurable brain disease raised £1,000 for his favourite charities as a tribute to him.

Daniel Sands, of Battle Road, St Leonards, passed away in March last year, aged only 39, after succumbing to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD).

Last Tuesday (March 6) would have been his 40th birthday, and, as a way to remember him, Mr Sands’ family and friends organised a fundraising evening on Saturday at Beauport Park Golf Course.

The event included a disco, as well as live entertainment from comedians and musicians.

Mr Sands’s widow, Julie, said £500 each was raised for The Emily Ash Trust, which supports children with cancer, and the Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth, Devon.

She added: “The Emily Ash Trust was a charity close to Daniel’s heart, as it has helped his best friend’s son a lot. He learned that his friend’s son had contracted leukaemia in August 2010.

“Daniel also loved donkeys and we frequently visited the sanctuary. He often dreamed of having a home with land to have his own donkey and there is a plaque at the sanctuary in his memory.

“We had around 70 people come on Saturday, including some of Dan’s workmates, and the evening was fantastic. We were aiming to raise £1,000 altogether, which we did in the end.

“We would like to thank Mike and Terry Harris, from Little London Studios, as without their help in getting the event organised, we would have been stuck. We would also like to thank all of those who came, as well as our supporters.”