Auction night in memory of tragic Joe

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A charity auction and raffle is to be held tonight in memory of Joe Campbell who died tragically in August.

The 24 year-old chef from Osborne Street was living in Perth, Australia when he died suddenly. His family was then faced with raising up to £20,000 to bring him home for burial.

Having raised thousands of pounds through generous donations from the people of Derry and beyond during the ‘Bring Joe Home’ appeal, his family is now hosting an event in his memory to raise money for local charities. Brother James told the ‘Journal’: “We’ve organised tonight’s charity auction and raffle night at pitchers to raise money for the Pink Ladies, Foyle Search and Rescue and Stage Beyond. We have great prizes and items for auction including the cap worn by Graeme McDowell when he won the US Open and a pair of Shay Given’s gloves. There are also items donated by shops all over Derry and pieces of fine artwork up for grabs.” Entertainment will be provided by Derry singer Michael Doherty followed by a disco. James said his family was “eternally grateful” to everyone who donated items, gave up their time and supported the campaign to bring his brother home. “A substantial amount of money was raised and we’ve already used some of it to help other people in similar positions.”