A rave party held in memory of a man whose smile "lit up every room he entered" is returning for the first time in four years.

The Dereham community was rocked when 28-year-old Jordie Rae took his life in July 2017.

Dereham Times: Jordie RaeJordie Rae (Image: Archant)

A rave was held in his memory at the Railway Tavern in 2018, which raised about £1,700 for Mind.

It was part of the more than £10,000 his family raised over five years for the mental health charity.

Jordie's Rave returned the following year, this time in aid of the Listening Post. A further £1,729 was raised from that event.

Mr Rae, mum, Tracey Rae, said he was a "big fan" of such dance parties. 

She said: “The Listening Post is definitely working as we’ve had feedback saying people have used the service, we will continue to raise money in honour of Jordie.

Dereham Times: Jordie Rae. (Submitted by The Rae family)Jordie Rae. (Submitted by The Rae family) (Image: Archant)

“We also want to say a massive thank you to Paul Sandford, and Ben Connolly, the organiser and good friend, for always thinking of our Jordie.”

The rave was cancelled for two years because of the pandemic, and so is returning for the first time since 2019.

Mr Rae was a regular at the Railway Tavern. Landlord Paul Sandford said: “We’re honoured once again to host Jordie’s rave with the help of Ben Connolly and Jordie's parents.

Dereham Times: Railway Tavern landlord, Paul SandfordRailway Tavern landlord, Paul Sandford (Image: Archant)

"We have an array of the best DJs from around the country, and it’s always a great event in memory of our Jordie, whose smile lit every room he entered.”

The Listening Post project offers counselling for those with mental health issues, as well as a drop-in facility.

The event on Sunday, May 28 starts at 2pm and runs until late. The event is asking for £5 donations for a wristband, with all money raised donated to the Listening Post.

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