Chestnut Tree House: charity launch day and football game in memory of a supporter of the children’s hospice

The annual event at the Culver Road ground, Lancing, on Sunday July 3, follows the success of a family fun day in Portslade last year, held in memory of David Geddes. David died in January 2021, aged 81, and his love of football inspired his family to organize the game in his memory.

Nathaniel Whessell, one of the organizers, said: “David Geddes was a loving grandfather to the organizers involved and also one of the top canvassers for the Chestnut Tree House charity. He was widely respected within his community. and was very attached to his football.

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“The one-day event in Portslade last year succeeded in raising thousands of pounds for charity and this year we hope to go further and better.

Family Fun Day in Portslade last year, held in memory of David Geddes

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“This year’s fun day will consist of a football game, bouncy castle, raffle, fantastic activities for children, a bar including refreshments, hot food, freshly made pizza and much more.

“We already have several local businesses on board to help make the day a success and so far we have attracted several hundred people to the online event. We have also sold tickets in advance through our ticketing partner skiddle and our attendance is expected to climb to around 1,000 people.”

Tickets cost £3.50 for adults, children free, available online via www.skiddle.com or on the ground on the day.

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