Great sporting day for Gareth Stringfellow

Memory: Balloons released for Gareth Stringfellow
Memory: Balloons released for Gareth Stringfellow
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A proud father has praised the hundreds that turned out for his late son’s memorial football tournament.

The annual Gareth Stringfellow Football Tournament held on Monday raised more than £1,500 for the National Autistic Society with donations still flooding in.

The event is in to its second year and is held in memory of 18-year-old Gareth, from 
Chorley, who died two years ago, when he plunged more than 20ft on to a train track.

Chorley Football Club’s Victory Park Stadium was the host of the fantastic event which saw 10 teams compete for the prized trophy.

‘Go on Stringy’ won the tournament with the team made up of players from Kendal Town, who Gareth used to play for.

Gareth’s father Jason Stringfellow, said: “It was brilliant, the event was absolutely fantastic, it couldn’t have gone any better.

“The standard of football was excellent and we raised so much more than we anticipated.”

Signed football shirts, balls and match day tickets were all prizes in the raffle which helped raise money on the day.

Despite the tournament finishing already, the Stringfellow family is already making plans for next year’s tournament.

Jason added: “We are already looking at charities for next year.

“I think we will look somewhere much closer to home but we are yet to decide.”

The family is appealing for raffle donations for next year’s tournament – to donate a prize contact Jason on, stringfellow.jason@yahoo.com.

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