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University honours Joel with PS27k donation.

Byline: Report by Dayna Farrington dayna.farrington@mnamedia.co.uk

Staff and students at a university attended by a teenager killed in the Tunisia terror attacks have raised have raised more than PS27,000 for a charity in his memory.

The University of Worcester collected PS27,194 for the Smile for Joel charity, which was launched in memory of 19-year-old Joel Richards, who was from Wednesbury.

Talented football referee Joel, his uncle Adrian Evans and grandfather Patrick Evans died in the beach attack, near Sousse, in June 2015. His younger brother Owen, who was only 16 years old at the time, was the only family member to survive. Joel's mother Suzy Evans, along with Owen, have since set up the charity Smile for Joel in memory of their loved ones and to support other families who are victims of murder or terrorism.

The university had chosen Smile for Joel as their charity of the year for 2018.

The majority of the funds were raised during the university's 100 Miles for Joel challenge last summer, which raised more than PS16,000.

It saw staff take on a variety of physical tests including a 25-mile overnight walk, a 51-mile cycle, a 14-mile canoe on the River Severn, a 10-mile run, swimming and a tractor pull - adding up to 100 miles over a 24-hour period. Other fundraising events over the year including a Christmas craft fair, plant sales, a car boot sale, craft evenings and a quiz night.

Suzy said: "Worcester University feel like our extended family and we were overwhelmed with the total presented.

"Owen and I feel that this amount just reflects just how much Joel was loved and missed. Owen now studies there and the continued support shown to Owen and I and Smile for Joel is above and beyond anything we imagined. Not only this Worcester University renamed their conference suite The Joel Richards Conference Suite. Joel will never be forgotten. Thank you to Professor David Green and everyone involved."

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Date:Jun 3, 2019
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