FRIENDS and family of a Forest Town man who died after a street attack hope to raise thousands of pounds for his daughter and the hospital which tried to save his life.
Pals have planned a golf tournament and other events at The Fairways pub in Mansfield Woodhouse on Saturday (2nd July) in honour of Jonathan Turner.
The 27-year-old died at King’s Mill Hospital the day after he was allegedly set upon in Stockwell Gate, Mansfield, on 7th May.
Afterwards friends flooded a Facebook page with hundreds of tributes and some have now planned the weekend event in his honour.
All proceeds will be split between the intensive care unit at King’s Mill Hospital and Jonathan’s three-year-old daughter Maisie.
Said his friend Jamie Hemmings, part of the team planning the day: “It hopefully will make people remember him and become an annual thing.
“Absolutely anyone can come along. It’s to celebrate his life and it’s going to be a great day for a good cause.”
Jamie, along with other pals including Kevin Burden, from Mansfield Woodhouse, Nathan Waring, of Ladybrook, and Phil Spedding from Forest Town has planned a golf tournament at Mansfield Woodhouse Golf Course, next to the Fairways, on Saturday.
Tee-off is 10am with each entry £15 and including a cob and tea or coffee.
Then at 12.30 the fundraiser kicks off at the pub, including a children’s area with bouncy castle. There are no tickets but donations will be requested.
‘Beat the keeper’ is included in a long list of family games and a raffle has a mountain of top prizes such as tickets to Mansfield Town, Notts County and Derby County matches, paintball vouchers and a £140 photoshoot with Carrie Austin Photography.
DJs and music will feature later into the evening.
Jonathan’s family including sister Rachel and parents Russell and Margaret paid tribute to him as a ‘wonderful fun-loving daddy’ at the time of his death.
Jonathan was a talented footballer who played for several local sides including Blidworth and Rainworth, and had been studying at West Notts College part-time while working as a roofer.
Said his sister Rachel (29) this week: “Our family is so grateful to everyone, it’s brilliant what they are doing and we are so proud of them.
“We want to say a massive thank you to everyone because we are just a normal, close family and we really appreciate what everyone has been doing.”
Said Claire Jenkins, owner of the Fairways: “It’s such a good cause and such tragic circumstances we were happy to help out in any way we could.”
As part of the campaign to raise as much cash as possible friends have also produced wrist bands bearing ‘Tonner’, his nickname, and on sale for £2 donations at pubs including The Fairways, Prince Charles in Forest Town and Black Swan, Albert Street, Mansfield.
Added Jonathan’s girlfriend Justine Dudley (24), from Huthwaite: “I think Jonathan would love Saturday. He was such a strong personality which is why so many people will miss him.”
Four men charged with Jonathan’s murder remain in custody awaiting a September court date.
For information about Saturday’s event, or to offer donations or prizes, contact 07876501261.