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Relatives of disaster victims meet at fundraiser

PUBLISHED: 16:09 29 June 2011

TV gardener Tommy Walsh helps raise money for the Stairway to Heaven war memorial

TV gardener Tommy Walsh helps raise money for the Stairway to Heaven war memorial

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A family fun day raised more than £600 for a memorial to the victims of the Bethnal Green Tube disaster.

Celebrity builder Tommy Walsh, patron of the Stairway to Heaven Memorial Fund, joined adults and children at Saturday’s event at the Hare pub in Cambridge Heath Road.

Mr Walsh was the final winner of a horse race bet and the Hackney-born builder donated his £75 winnings to the fund and auctioned two bottles of spirits he won.

The Stairway to Heaven memorial will be dedicated to the 173 people who died in a crush in the station’s stairwell in 1943 and the emergency services that helped out.

Pub landlord Julian Apperley plans a sponsored parachute jump for the charity on October 1.

n To sponsor him contact fund-raising trustee Derek Spicer on 07722 162 168 or 07732 460 444.

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