THE FAMILY of late Stanford-le-Hope pub and music legend Gino Renoldi have set up a fundraising page for the NHS Covid-19 appeal in his memory.
Mr Renoldi tragically passed away earlier this month from a heart attack due to Covid-19.
Restaurateur of Gino’s Taverna, Mr Renoldi was loved by many in the community, and became a legend in the music scene for his promotion of live bands at his pub Railway Tavern, which became a popular venue.
Mr Renoldi’s funeral service took place on Thursday (23 April) and the family are asking for donations to the NHS Covid-19 appeal instead of flowers.
As of this afternoon (26 April), £3,958 has been raised for NHS charities, far surpassing £2,500 target.
The Just Giving page reads as follows: “The shock of our wonderful, kind-hearted father, who was cruelly taken from us by this invisible force has truly heartbroken us as a family. Our Dad was a family man and community legend who embraced and loved everyone with the warmth that filled his heart.
“As a family, we are devastated but know that in these uncertain times our dad would want to help those most in need.
“Which is why we have to decided to start a collection, instead of flowers, in his name for all the staff working in the front line to receive the protection they need to help save lives, in hope that others would not have the same fate as our dad.
“We lay his precious body to rest on Thursday 23rd April, and as a family, are asking for donations for NHS Covid-19 appeal instead of flowers.
“We know that many of you would want to join in with us in celebrating our fathers life as he touched many hearts but in these circumstances only immediate family can do so.
“We are asking that instead of flower donations, if you could spare any amount big or small so we can help save the lives of others and protect the driving force behind this virus. Thank you for your kind support.”
Go to the Just Giving page via the address below: