Golfers raise cash in memory of Chris

Charity golfers
Charity golfers

A charity golf day in memory of popular Eastbourne sportsman Chris Lambird last week raised £10,000 for the Pevensey Ward Appeal to build a specialist cancer unit at the DGH.

More than 100 golfers took part in the Sugar Ray fundraiser at the Royal Eastbourne Golf Course on Friday with more people attending the auction and buffet in the evening.

It was organised by Eastbourne Motoring Centre and the Friends of Eastbourne Hospitals and is an annual event for the Pevensey Ward Appeal, which has been well supported by the family of Chris, who lost his battle with cancer in May 2007.

Forty-year-old Chris lived locally and worked for the family business at Eastbourne Motoring Centre at Cavendish Bridge before he was diagnosed with T Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma.

He was a popular character in and around Eastbourne and, in his earlier days, played local football and cricket. He was an avid Chelsea supporter and enjoyed many visits to Stamford Bridge as well as frequent visits to Sussex County Cricket Club.

His family say he received wonderful treatment locally in Pevensey Ward at the DGH and latterly at Kings College Hospital in London but sadly passed away in May 2007 leaving his family and friends totally devastated.

He was due to marry his fiancé Julie Burgess in 2008.

Organiser Tracy Wicking said everyone had a great day and was very pleased with the final total.

“We would like to thank all the sponsors who maked the day such a success especially Pizza Stop which supplied pizzas non stop all day at the half way point and Steve Lees from the Longman Brewery who donated his Long Blonde ale and bitter too and HT Whites donated bottles of water.”

“It was a really enjoyable day for everyone involved.”