Memories of city music lover raise cash for charity

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The death of an assault victim from a brain injury has prompted a series of charity music festivals.

Music-loving Martin Coates, known to his friends as Fraggle, received a head injury when he was viciously attacked in his city home.

Left with a brain injury, Fraggle became a member of Headway Milton Keynes.

He died in 2009, but devoted dad John has ensured his memory lives on through music.

John hosts a one-day festival of local bands called Fragfest at the Prince Albert pub in Bradwell Village.

This year’s event raised a record £1,700 for Headway.

Said John: “Fraggle loved music and lots of it.

“Fragfest seemed like a fitting tribute as it sees bands, locals and family friends joining together to honour his memory, as well as raising some money and much-needed awareness for Headway Milton Keynes.”

He added: “The festival seems to get better each year and it always surprises me how many people turn up to remember Martin just as he was. He will never be forgotten.”

Jo Plant, who chairs Headway MK, presented John with a certificate of thanks this week to acknowledge his hard work and dedication to improving the lives of others affected by brain in jury.