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A fitting tribute to Zak

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A fitting tribute to Zak
Article date: 08 Nov 2012

The Dockle Farmhouse has remembered seven-year-old Zak Hobbs, with a very special tribute.

Zak and his parents and grandparents were regular visitors at the pub in Swindon, before Zak lost his battle with cancer.

The Hobbs family, who continue to be regulars, officially opened a newly refurbished and resurfaced play park at the pub, now called Zak’s Park, as part of a charity fun-day.

Zak’s brother Ben (fourth left, with his friends and grandad Paul Warren), unveiled a plaque remembering his little brother.

The fun-day included a bouncy castle, balloon release, face-painting, cake sale, assault course and charity raffle.

The pub, managed by Nicole Calver (far right) and Paul Pearson, raised £1,704, with the fun day and charity events over the previous six months, helping Ben and his family to have a week all inclusive holiday in Menorca.

A donation was also made to Melanie Richards (second right) from Helen and Douglas House, in Oxford, who helped to support the family during Zak’s treatment.

Clare Strange (third right), shift manager at The Dockle Farmhouse, said: “We wanted to remember Zak in a special way, with the play park – and the fun-day will become an annual event at the pub to celebrate his life.

“Zak was an inspiration to us all and helps us to remember that we must keep raising money for these charities, for others like Zak who need our help and support.”

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