Music and laughter and the memory of an adored daughter were the magical ingredients of Charlotte’s Day that saw the Blacksmith’s Arms in Clyde Street, Sheerness, rocking throughout the weekend.
Although much of the fun took place on Saturday, it was a case of Charlotte’s weekend, when the carnival atmosphere spilled over into an equally action-packed Sunday.
Charlotte Wright was just nine when she died of a heart condition during a school adventure holiday in 2002.
Charlotte’s devastated mum, Karen Jones, wanted to commemorate her daughter and realised the best way was to ensure her name lives on through charity fund-raising. Since then, family and friends have campaigned to raise funds for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).
Saturday would have been Charlotte’s 14th birthday.
Blacksmith’s Arms landlord Mark Black and musicians Mick Kenten, Steve the Fiddle and Mark Dean, plus a quartet of DJs – Chris, Jim, Steve and Nigel – made sure the show rocked.
And while supporters enjoyed the sounds, they feasted on a barbecue run by Charlotte’s dad, Chris.
Sheppey Pirates and Zulus brought their own inimitable style of entertainment, which included mock sword fights, and the British Queen tug-of-war team emerged victorious over the Blacksmith’s Arms.
Live music continued throughout the evening and again on Sunday, which also featured a knockout pool competition and barbecue.
Funds were topped by a huge tombola, and a raffle with a £100 main prize, donated by Mark Black.
By the end of Sunday, Karen was virtually on her knees through hard work and the strain of making sure the event was a success. The £1,500 proceeds will be split between CRY, Demelza House Children’s Hospice and Preston Skreens respite unit for children.