‘An event the likes of which Dereham has never seen’ - Massive tribute night to honour memory of popular Norfolk man

PUBLISHED: 15:57 18 April 2018 | UPDATED: 15:49 19 April 2018

Jordie Rae. Photo: The Rae family.

Jordie Rae. Photo: The Rae family.


The community in a Norfolk market town is getting together this weekend to raise money for one of the country’s biggest mental health charities and pay tribute to a popular resident who passed away last year.

A memorial left by friends and family of Jordie Rae. Picture Ian ClarkeA memorial left by friends and family of Jordie Rae. Picture Ian Clarke

When much-loved Dereham man Jordie Rae died of asphyxiation at the age of 28 it was a massive blow to the town and his father George Rae said at the time that it seemed like “the whole town is crying”.

Since his death, the Rae family has been stunned by the support they have received from Dereham residents and in an effort to give something back and honour Jordie’s memory, they plan to raise £10,000 in five years for the charity Mind.

In one of their biggest fundraising events so far, the family is paying homage to Jordie’s love of raving with a huge event at The Railway Tavern on Yaxham Road, Dereham titled, The Jordie Rave.

The event will include music from five top London DJs, including the well-known drum and bass star DJ Barrington.

The Railway Tavern in Dereham. Picture: Ian BurtThe Railway Tavern in Dereham. Picture: Ian Burt

“This is a night for Jordie and part of our big goal to raise £10,000 in five years,” said Jordie’s mum Tracey Rae.

“The people of Dereham have been absolutely fantastic, they really have. Everybody loved Jordie, he was a great guy and would have done anything for everybody.

“Now we want to raise awareness and help other young guys.”

Paul Sandford, owner of the Railway Tavern, described Jordie as “a really good friend” and said he was honoured to do something in his memory.

Jordie Rae. Picture: The Rae familyJordie Rae. Picture: The Rae family

He added the night promises to be an “amazing event the likes of which Dereham has never seen”.

In the run up to The Jordie Rave, Mrs Rae said that other Dereham residents who had heard about their fundraising have been going to great lengths to help.

This has included Connor Robinson who ran the Brighton Marathon on April 15 and raised almost £900 and Lauren Woiwod, who asked people not to buy her presents on her 21st birthday and instead donate money to the charity.

The Jordie Rave takes place on April 21 with tickets costing £10. They can be purchased in advance at The Railway Tavern or on the door.

Connor Robinson raised almost £900 by running the Brighton Marathon. Picture: SubmittedConnor Robinson raised almost £900 by running the Brighton Marathon. Picture: Submitted

The family have also had 100 t-shirts specially printed which will also pay tribute to Jordie and be on sale for £7.

You can also donate to marathon runner Connor Robinson through his Just Giving webpage.

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