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Friends hold barbecue to raise cash in Ben’s memory

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Family and friends of a 24-year-old who died of cancer held a barbecue to raise money for two charities which helped him through his final months.

Ben Bland, from Worth, died on April 28, 17 months after being diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).

He had been planning to propose to his girlfriend, Charlotte Taylor, in the summer.

Charlotte joined Ben’s mum Catherine and friend Julie Devalmency at Julie’s home in Orde Close, Pound Hill, on Saturday (June 21) for the barbecue.

Julie said of Ben: “He was an amazing young man and a really good friend who was taken away from us far too early.”

Money raised at the barbecue will go to CLIC Sargent, which supports children and young people who have been diagnosed with cancer, and the Royal Marsden Hospital, where Ben underwent a bone marrow transplant.

Catherine said: “CLIC Sargent is very important with any young person that’s diagnosed with cancer.

“You always think it’s going to happen to some one else’s family – it doesn’t.

“It can happen to yours and without CLIC Sargent’s help and support it makes an already difficult illness even more difficult.

“The Royal Marsden is just superb and they make sure that any treatment you need is available to you.”

 

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