The Henchliffe family have organised a charity firewalk to celebrate and remember the life of their lost loved one who sadly passed away after an attack on a night out last year.
Chris Henchliffe died just over a year ago after receiving a single blow to the side of the head while out with friends.
The former soldier from Chesterfield was treated at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital’s neurological critical care unit in Sheffield, but passed away nine days after the incident at just 26.
Chris’s uncle Tim Elliott, from Whitwell, said: “There was just one punch. Chris fell to the ground and banged his head fracturing his skull and that was it.
“The doctors and nurses on the neuro ward were fantastic but they just couldn’t save him. We wanted to do something to thank them and to help other people with head injuries and illnesses.”
Chris’s devastated Mum Yvonne, and other family members, have now organised a fundraising day in his memory at the Olde House pub, Newbold, on August 27.
Money raised will be split between the Royal British Legion and Neurocare, the charity that funds life-saving equipment, cutting edge research and patient support in Sheffield hospitals’ neurological wards.
The day will feature Derbyshire strongman Simon Plant who will attempt to pull Spire Limousine’s 8-ton party bus. Alongside stalls, music, tombola, face-painting and a raffle the event will finish with a sponsored fire-walking challenge.
The family is also aiming to raise awareness of its ‘Stay Cute, Dilute’ campaign encouraging safe drinking among young people. Tim added: “We as a family know only too well that just one punch can kill and can wreck the lives of so many people.
“The message particularly to young people is please drink responsibly and if we can save just one life it will be worth it.”
If you would like to be part of this event and take or fiery coals to support Neurocare and the Henchliffe family please email firstname.lastname@example.org