Hospice fundraiser at farm set to be bedlam

Organisers of the inaugural Headlam Bedlam fundraiser for Saint Catherine's Hospice
Organisers of the inaugural Headlam Bedlam fundraiser for Saint Catherine's Hospice

The first ever Headlam Bedlam will be held at Beacon Farm next month as a fitting tribute to the man who inspired the family fun day in aid Saint Catherine’s Hospice

Organisers have planned everything from live music to an obstacle course for the event which was dreamt up by Whitby man Paul Headlam on his way to hospital for cancer treatment.

Paul sadly lost his battle with the illness, but his friends were determined to make his dream come true.

Now they are on the verge of opening the gates for the inaugural fundraiser which will generate cash for a cause that has done much to help both Paul and his family.

Paul died last November just months after his uncle, Eric Headlam, also lost his cancer battle.

And this year there was more tragedy for the family when Paul’s cousin, Kevin Graham, also died of the same disease. All three received care from Saint Catherine’s.

Whitby people were so moved by what had happened to the family that they have already raised thousands for the hospice and the organisers of the Headlam Bedlam hope to add to that total at their event on June 6.

Mike Shardlow, owner of Beacon Farm, was a close friend of Paul and often gave him lifts to hospital in Hull for his cancer treatment.

“On the way, Paul and I talked about doing some fundraising for Saint Catherine’s,” Mike said.

“He was too ill to make it happen but after he died, we decided to carry on and we’ve had great support from others who’ve organised it with us.”

The event starts at 1.30pm with activities for all ages including a bird display, charity auction, craft stalls, a bouncy castle, an obstacle course, local food and beer, and a classic car display. Food, including fish and chips, will be on sale.

Live music starts at 4pm and goes into the evening with a mini music festival featuring lots of local bands. Overnight camping is also available.

Entry is £10 for adults, with under-16s free. Tickets can be bought at Beacon Farm or by calling 07974 791662.