Roy gets his skates on in memory of daughter Deborah

Roy Payton SUS-140212-090750001
Roy Payton SUS-140212-090750001

A retired Eastbourne man is skating along the seafront to raise funds for two children’s charities in memory of his daughter.

Roy Payton lost his daughter to cancer when she was just one year old. Now, he’s on a mission to raise as much cash as possible for both Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice and the Children With Cancer Fund in Polegate.

Roy took up skating at the grand age of 77 in a bid to make the most of the free time that retirement can offer. He’s now using his hobby to fundraise for causes close to his heart.

The 78-year-old will be skating along the promenade on Sunday, December 14, starting at the RNLI station at 2.30pm.

Roy said, “When we lost our little daughter Deborah, we had to cope on our own and were in a very lonely and dark place without help.

“I hope my ‘skatethon’ will inspire and motivate the struggling families and their children to appreciate there can be light eventually at the end of a dark tunnel.

“Everyone’s attitude depends upon their altitude - so keep flying high and climbing your mountain - I promise you the sun will shine.”

Roy hopes to raise £1,000 to split between the two charities. Currently, his tally stands at £550.

People can support Roy’s efforts by donating via his Just Giving page at www.just or by heading down to the seafront on the day of the event.