£5k raised in memory of popular businessman and father-of-three

By Thomas Parkes | Smethwick | News | Published:

More than £5,000 has been raised in memory of a Black Country father-of-three who was struck down with E-coli.

Julian Churchill.

Julian ‘Jules’ Churchill, from Smethwick, died last year aged 52 after contracting the bug following surgery for a bleed on the brain.

Julian’s daughters – Karla, 27, Ebony, 24, and Robyn, 18 – and his wife, Donna Churchill, 53, set out to raise money for Promise Dreams and the Mary Stevens Hospice at a charity event on August 26 at Julian’s pub, West One Bar in Hagley.

Robyn, Karla, Donna and Julian Churchill

The popular businessman was founder of Black Country Pallets in 1994.

Karla Churchill said: “Both of my parents have always given generously to charity.

“It went really well and it’s good for people who never met my dad, too. We got people together to raise money and talk about a few memories.

“It was a really good turn-out. There was a good 200 people there.

“For the family, it was a way of coping and all the way through I thought we were making him proud.


“He donated a lot of money and he was moved by people less fortunate than us and wanted to help.

“The fundraiser is in keeping Dad’s memory alive and allowing everybody to think about people who need the support. With the money, the charities can make life more bearable for the families of those people.

“The support we received helped us cope with it.”

(Left-right) Karla, Robyn, Donna and Julian Churchill, and Ebony Cartwright


Businesses, including West One Bar, Black Country Pallets, The Jewels Academy and Bhandal Dental Practices, supported the event.

The fundraising event featured karaoke, a raffle, tombola, BBQ, a sponsored chest wax, disco, buffet, auction, face painting and a limbo competition. Ms Churchill added: “As a family, we are incredibly proud of what we managed to put together and are equally overwhelmed and humbled by the generosity of the local folk, which will ultimately help so many others during the worst times of their lives.

“We hope to continue my dad’s legacy and host this event annually.”

Thomas Parkes

By Thomas Parkes
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