Charity event marks ten years since brother’s death (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Charity event marks ten years since brother’s death
A devoted sister is holding a fundraising event to raise money for charity and celebrate the memory of her brother, who died ten years ago after being hit by a car.
Kevin Baldwin was 25 when he pulled over to help after witnessing an accident on the A13 near Purfleet in Essex.
While phoning the emergency services, Mr Baldwin, who was travelling home from work as a fridge engineer, was hit by a car that swerved to avoid the accident.
He was kept alive for 26 hours but the brain injury he sustained was severe and he died on December 14 2003, leaving behind his one–year-old daughter and his girlfriend, Lisa Thompson, who was unknowingly pregnant with his son at the time.
Ten years on and his sister, Dawn Griffiths, 38, of Boardman Avenue in Chingford, wants to bring all the people that loved Mr Baldwin together for a celebration and raise money for brain injury charity, Headway, at the same time.
Mr Baldwin's children, Emily, 11, and Connor, 9, will both be there on the night with their mum and many of Mr Baldwin’s friends.
She said: “I want to celebrate the fact that we all knew him and for my brother’s children to get an idea of what their dad was like through other people’s eyes.
Mrs Griffiths was very close to her brother, who she says was “like a father” to her son.
She said: “He took him under his wing because his dad wasn’t in his life. He was always there when I needed him, he was there for everyone.”
Cristal champagne and a tour of White Hart Lane are just two of the prizes on offer in a raffle to be run as part of a night of entertainment at the Royal Oak in Hale End Road, Woodford Green, on October 5.
Mrs Griffiths has already sold 120 tickets for the event, raising over half of her £2,000 target, which will allow Headway to train five families to look after loved ones with brain injuries.
Mrs Griffiths said: “He was always a happy chap and loved going out with his friends so its an ideal thing to remember him by.
“I think he’d be delighted that people still care.”
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