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Fundraiser for murdered newlyweds

Catherine and Ben Mullany
Catherine and Ben Mullany's fund will help medical and physiotherapy students

One of dance music's biggest names is to host a fundraising event in memory of Catherine and Ben Mullany.

The couple, from the Swansea area, died after they were shot on their honeymoon in the Caribbean earlier this year.

DJ High Contrast is one of six local musicians who will perform for free on Saturday at 'Cool House', staged at Cardiff's Glo bar.

The Mullany Fund was set up by family and friends to continue the couple's ambitions of caring for others.

Remembering Catherine, a doctor, and Ben, a physiotherapist, the fund's aim is to advance the education of students in medical schools and educational establishments teaching medicine and physiotherapy.

I was more than happy to help out and hope that people will show their support for such a worthwhile cause
DJ High Contrast

High Contrast, also known as Lincoln Barrett, regularly features on BBC Radio 1 and performs worldwide to sell out audiences.

Mr Barrett, from Penarth, said: "The needless deaths of Ben and Cath on their honeymoon shocked and saddened the entire country, including myself.

"When I was invited to play at a fundraising event in their memory I was more than happy to help out and hope that people will show their support for such a worthwhile cause."

Catherine's brother Richard Bowen, trustee of the Mullany Fund, added: "We are genuinely touched by the generosity and commitment of the public in helping us to establish this educational charity as a fitting memorial to Cath and Ben.

"We hope it will inspire others to follow in their footsteps."

'Touched'

Married on 12 July, the Mullanys, both 31 and from Pontardawe in the Swansea Valley, were shot on 27 July at their Antiguan hotel.

Catherine was killed instantly, while Ben died a week later after he was flown home to Wales.

A 20-year-old man and a youth aged 17 have been remanded in custody in Antigua charged with the couple's murder and other offences.

Up to 900 people, including the Duchess of York, attended their funeral service in September at Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff, which was conducted by the Archbishop of Wales and the rector who married the couple.

The duchess, who gave a reading, said she had been "touched" after meeting members of their families by chance, and has donated £10,000 from the Sarah Ferguson Foundation to the Mullanys' charity.



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