Friends of Hemel Hempstead NHS worker set up fundraising page in his memory to help family

Colin's friends wanted to raise money for his family

Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 9:31 am
Updated Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 9:32 am

Friends of a NHS worker from Hemel Hempstead who recently died have set up a fundraising page to give a gift to his sons.

Colin Farenden passed away with bronchial pneumonia on Friday, April 9, aged 57.

He has worked for the NHS for many years, most recently for the cleaning team on the cancer unit at St Albans Hospital.

Colin and his sons Ed, Manny and Luke

His friend Sarah-Jayne Lawson set up the fundraising page on behalf of their NHS friends group, to raise money for Colin's wife and sons, Ed, Manny and Luke.

She said: "A lot of Colin's friends thought this would be an amazing way to show our love and support for his family.

"Colin, who is a huge Watford fan, would have done the same thing for any of us, NHS family always looks after their own.

"Colin used to organise the yearly reunions, he was the glue that kept us together and he really will be missed.

"He was just a really great guy, that was always putting others first.

"The response to the fundraising page has been great, we originally had the target as £1,000 but within about 72 hours we had reached that so we increased it a bit more, hopefully we can reach £2,000.

"We hope the money raised could go towards a family holiday or gifts for the boys. We want them to know how loved their dad was."

The fundraising page - Colin Farenden - To give a Gift for his Boys - has a £2,000 target, and £1,105 has already been raised.