Rock n Roll fun in memory of Tom
Friends and family of a Bedford fire-fighter whose life was taken in Venezuela are holding a charity gig in his memory.
Tom Ossel, 28, died in July last year after an armed raid at a hostel where he and his brother Jack were on holiday.
And on Saturday August 11th six local acts will take to the stage to honour their friend and raise cash for the charity Veninos Venezuelan Children In Need.
Co-organiser Alex Small of Noble Solicitors who plays in the band Horseman Shakes And The Draymen will perform at the gig said “Naturally losing Tom came as an enormous shock to me and everybody that knew him. I can honestly say that not a day passes when I don’t think of him and find myself crying, laughing or crying with laughter. Further to the success of last year’s charity gig, the boys and I decided to give it another whirl in memory of our dead friend”.
Thomas, who had been a fire-fighter in the London Fire Brigade for three years, attended Alban Middle School in Great Barford and Sandy Upper School.
He was preparing to return from a three-week trip across the world when the robbery happened in the state of Nueva Esparta.
The all day tribute fundraising gig is the second to be held in memory of Tom and the family-friendly event will take place at the Bell Pub, in Sandy from 3:00pm.
Alex added “If there was ever any good to come from this, I believe that we can holy but endeavour to help those in the midst of this horrific reality. On top of all of this it’s another great excuse to get together in Tom’s name, have a beer, share stories and memories, listen to some great bands and raise some money”.
Paul Millan Managing Director at Noble Solicitors said “It has been a pleasure to be able to be part of the charity fundraising concert. When Alex approached me about the event I was touched to hear what happened to Tom and naturally wanted to help in any way I could. Noble Solicitors will be there on the day please come and see us, I hope you all enjoy the event and raise lots of money for a worthy cause and a great friend”.
Tickets for the concert cost £5 in advance from the pub of £8 on the day, and children get in for free. As well as live music there will also be a bouncy castle and barbeque.