Tickets nearly sold out for fund-raiser in Gareth’s memory

Gareth Balmbra with daughter Laceyjane Mellon-Balmbra
Gareth Balmbra with daughter Laceyjane Mellon-Balmbra

Only a handful of tickets are left for a fund-raising event to honour the paramedics who tried in vain to save the life of a doting father.

It is believed that Gareth Balmbra, 30, took the drug MDMA – the chemical name for ecstasy – before he lost his life last December.

Next month, a special evening is being held at Alnwick’s Working Men’s Club in aid of the North East Ambulance Service.

Scheduled for Friday, May 2, starting at 7pm, it will feature live entertainment, a raffle, domino cards and collection buckets.

His mum Lynette said: “Gareth’s death left our family devastated and I have organised this event in his memory.

“All the money will go to the North East Ambulance Service. Paramedics tried very hard to save Gareth.

“Sadly, it was not meant to be, but I want to show my gratitude to them.”

As well as his mother and young daughter Lacey-jane, Gareth also left behind father John and sister Jade.

Businesses in the area have given generously to help the cause and raffle prizes include food and drink vouchers, jewellery, hair products, afternoon tea and tanning sessions.

The final few tickets are available from Fine Furnishings in the town.

John Michael Angus, from Upper Barresdale, in Alnwick, has been charged with supplying or offering to supply a class-A controlled drug. The 31-year-old is due to appear at the magistrates’ court, in Bedlington, on Thursday, May 1.