Top Hull tech event will raise money for Joshua Barnfather

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 26 Oct 2018

A top tech event is being held in Hull next month to raise money for talented entrepreneur Joshua Barnfather, who needs £100,000 to fund life-extending cancer treatment.

TechBites, hosted by GB Recruitment, is back with a bang following a successful event held during the Humber Business Week in June.

The event, which will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Hull on Wednesday, November 7, will include a talk from Neil Cattermull, an industry-leading analyst, futurist and technology advocate.

Money raised at the new TechBites event will be donated to the #DoItForJosh campaign – launched to extend the life of the 30-year-old from Hull.

Antonio Tombanane, GB Recruitment operations director, said: “At GB Recruitment, we are specialists in placing candidates in Hull’s growing digital sector so we work closely with C4DI.

“When we heard about Josh’s appeal, we really wanted to do something to help so we decided to set-up another TechBites event after the first proved to be so popular.

“We really hope as many people as possible will come along to support Josh and learn more about the tech industry at the same time.”

GB Recruitment has seen rapid growth since its launch in 2016. It recently moved to prominent new premises in Castle Street, in the heart of Hull’s tech community.

The TechBites event will feature speaker Neil Cattermull – whose career spanning three decades has seen him work for firms including IBM, Merrill Lynch and Oracle.

It is the latest in a string of events hosted in a bid to raise money for Mr Barnfather, who works at the C4DI in Hull.

Despite avoiding UV light as much as possible to protect his skin, Josh, 30, has been diagnosed with angiosarcoma, a deadly cancer which affects the inner lining of the blood vessels. 

The treatment Josh needs is not readily available on the NHS, and costs £100,000 a year.

On his JustGiving page, Josh said: "After months of unsuccessful surgeries, chemotherapy, trial drugs and, most recently, radiotherapy targeting the lymph nodes in my neck, standardised treatments have been deemed ineffective.

"Because of my unique characteristics as a Xeroderma Pigmentosum patient, specialists believe that the immunotherapy treatment, Pembrolizumab, could extend my life. However, this is not readily available on the NHS for angiosarcoma patients and costs around £100,000 per year.

"Your generous contributions will help to fund these drugs, their administration and associated care. No matter how small, I am grateful for any and all contributions to fund my treatment."

TechBites takes place at DoubleTree by Hilton Hull on Wednesday, November 7 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

Tickets cost £10 (plus £3.07 booking fee and VAT). Food and drink will be served on the evening.

Book your place online here.

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