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Hundreds attend Rowly’s Dot House fundraiser
1:00pm Sunday 5th August 2012 in News
More than 400 people came together to remember Melksham man Rowland ‘Rowly’ Boys on Saturday, raising £1,000 for Dorothy House Hospice. Mr Boys, from Shaw, lost his battle to cancer last year at the age of 31. On Saturday a group of his friends had organised the “Row-A-Palooza” at Melksham’s West End Inn to commemorate him and raise money for the hospice which supported Mr Boys and his family. Visitors to the event enjoyed a selection of ciders, face painting, rides and games for children, sweets, cakes and a barbecue. Stuart Natt, one of Mr Boys’ best friends and an organiser of the event, said: “Rowly titled his 30th birthday party the Row-A-Palooza so it was a name we decided to stick with! In total around £1,000 was raised for Dorothy House with money donated from the various entertainments along with a share of the cider sales.
“We would like to thank the West End and its staff for helping with the event and all those who provided entertainment and made a donation. We’d also like to thank www.astarbouncycastles.co.uk for a wonderful castle and inflatable slide, Melksham Army Cadets for the beer and music tents, Elmer’s Hog Roast, the face painting team, Sam Katee and Moles for the ciders, Farmer Jo for the hay bales, El Nino, Jade Schol and Broken Silence for the live music along with those who participated in the open mic sessions plus those who brought the stalls and Jon Gerish for his hard work.”