Save the date – Fezmas Day is back for 2015!
This year’s feztivities will be on Sunday August 30th.
The second Fezmas Day will have all the fun of Christmas without the pressure and presents. It’s designed to bring families and friends together for an annual celebration with a difference.
Fezmas Day is the brainchild of Martin Lynn, a committed fundraiser for FORCE. In May 2014 he came up with a novel way of raising money and awareness of his illness by declaring Sunday August 24 that year Fezmas Day.
“It was Christmas Day with a twist,” explained 46-year-old Martin. “Everything was the same – Christmas trees, Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, Christmas jumpers, music, crackers and festive films but no silly paper hats. The difference was, everyone taking part wore a fez, preferably with a bit of tinsel on it.”
Martin and a group of friends and family got together in Exeter for some fez-tide fun and similar celebrations went on around Britain and overseas.
The response was incredible. Fezmas Day raised nearly £9,000 with all the money coming to FORCE.
“Basically people paid to make their own Fezmas Dinner but it worked,” said Martin.
In 2009 Martin was diagnosed with an advanced stage of cutaneous T cell lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system. He has since had surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy in Exeter and London and is currently on a pioneering drug trial.