Final MollyFest Honoring Murdered Woman to Take Place This Weekend

Gravesend, Kent, UK – Residents in Gravesend, Kent, are preparing for the final MollyFest, an annual music festival held in memory of Molly McLaren, a young woman tragically murdered by her ex-boyfriend. The event, scheduled for Saturday at the Old Gravesendians Rugby Football Club, marks the conclusion of the festival dedicated to remembering McLaren, who was brutally stabbed 75 times in a Chatham car park back in June 2017.

McLaren’s father, Doug McLaren, shared with the public about the closure of the Molly McLaren Foundation, a charity established to support individuals with eating disorders, including bulimia which Molly herself struggled with. Despite the foundation’s significant achievements, Doug McLaren explained that sustaining it financially had become challenging in recent times, leading to its winding up.

The festival, organized by friends and family of McLaren, aims to commemorate her life and the impact she had on others through her blog that shared her battle with bulimia to help raise awareness and provide support to those struggling with similar issues. The final MollyFest plans to feature performances by local DJs and bands, celebrating the charity work and accomplishments made in memory of McLaren.

Joshua Stimpson, McLaren’s ex-boyfriend convicted of her manslaughter, received a minimum prison sentence of 26 years for the heinous crime he committed. Despite denying murder charges, Stimpson’s admission of manslaughter during his trial in 2018 resulted in the penalty he is serving.

For individuals affected by similar issues, assistance and guidance are available through the BBC Action Line. The final MollyFest serves as a tribute to McLaren’s life, her advocacy efforts, and the lasting impact she has had on those around her, as the community comes together for one last celebration in her honor.