Charity golf day in memory of Iraq victim David

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FORMER Chelsea footballer Ron ‘Chopper’ Harris will be supporting a charity golf day this Friday (August 3), in memory of a young Seaford man who was killed in Iraq.

David Vine, known as Viney to his mates, was just 28 when he lost his life.

He had been working for a security company - Armor Group - when he was killed in 2006.

David, who had left the Parachute Regiment in 2003, died in Basra after a vehicle travelling in the opposite direction was bombed and veered into the path of the truck he was travelling in.

Now his mother Rachel Sellence is organising the latest fundraiser in support of Help 4 Heroes.

A total of 29 teams will be taking part at the event, which is taking place at Willingdon Golf Club, and Mrs Sellence is hoping to raise as much money as possible.

She said, “It has now been five years since we lost Dave and not a day goes by when we don’t think of him, although as time passes, more with a smile than with a tear.

“He often enjoyed the odd game of golf with us and his mates - many of whom are still in the Army and many that have lost their lives too; let alone those who suffered major injuries during the conflict.

“In memory and honour of Dave, his friends and compatriots, I thought a Charity Golf Day at our club in Willingdon would be an enjoyable opportunity to help others.”

The Parkside Road resident, who would like to thank Golf Base for sponsoring the day, is welcoming donations from members of the public.

Many of David’s friends have already pledged their support and will be getting into the swing of things on the day and Ron Harris’ friend comedian and after dinner speaker Mike Pugh will also be attending the fundraiser.

There will be a tee off at 10am and play going on throughout the day. An auction will follow in the evening.

Pictures: David Vine - on duty in Iraq and, left, in relaxed mood.