A CONCERT has been organised to raise money in memory of a Southend kitesurfer killed in an accident.
Six local musicians will be performing at the Alex in Alexandra Street, Southend, on Tuesday, March 23, to raise money for the family of 42-year-old Mark Paxton, who died following a kitesurfing accident in Clacton last month.
The event was announced as a fundraising web page set up by close friend Terry Ibrahim from Eastwood continued to beat its targets. Despite initially aiming to raise £3,000, this quickly increased to £4,000, and the total as of yesterday afternoon was £4,330, with a new target set to raise £5,000.
Musician and fellow kitesurfer Mike Summers, 25, of Eastern Esplanade, said he was touched by how the community had come out in support of Mr Paxton’s wife and nine-year-old son and was moved to organise the concert.
He said: “Mark was a friend of a friend to me but I had been kitesurfing with him before and, when Terry started the crowdfunding page, I thought I could do a little bit more.
“I messaged Terry to say I could make a donation but I could also put a night on and, since then, we’ve had so much support from companies and people offering prizes for the raffle like Mystic harnessing, Ozone kites, and one of the guys who has offered his apartment in Spain by a kite beach for four people.
“It’s a community sport and people have really come together, it’s amazing.”
Mr Summers added kitesurfing’s status as an extreme sport meant participants often have trouble being covered under life insurance policies, which would otherwise compensate families for loss of earnings.
He will be performing at the concert alongside Phillious Williams, Marcus Rose, Charlie Wallis, Leigh Tolhurst, and Randall Whitmore between 8pm and 11pm.
An inquest into Mr Paxton’s death was opened and adjourned until April 14 by coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray at Chelmsford Coroners’ Court on Wednesday, March 2, with the court being told he lost control in high winds.
Mr Ibrahim, who had been a close friend for about seven years, told the Echo last week Mr Paxton was “very safety conscious”.
Thanking donors on the JustGiving website, he said: “Wow, what a great community we are. Thank you.”
Donations can be made by visiting crowdfunding.justgiving.