Memorial match for much-loved Gareth

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Talented footballers will take part in a memorial football tournament in memory of a late Chorley teenager.

The Gareth Stringfellow Memorial Day, on Monday, May 26, will see 10 teams take on each other in a seven-a-side tournament.

Gareth Stringfellow

Gareth Stringfellow

People of all ages are expected to take part in the event at Chorley FC’s Victory Park Stadium.

The chosen charity for this years tournament is the Autistic Society.

This is the second tournament in memory of Gareth.

Last year, the event raised more than £4,000 for a memorial bench.

Jason Stringfellow, Gareth’s father, said: “We are trying to raise money to help raise awareness about autism.

“The chosen charity is something close to us as Gareth had a form of autism.

“We want to get the message across to people who could be in the same situation as us, and even if they had a quick chat with me or my wife Elaine, they then might realise my child could have something like that.”

The memorial day will have attractions including a bouncy castle, face painting and a raffle with special prizes.

A beer festival organised by Chorley FC is also running alongside the tournament.

Jason added: “We hope to raise a considerable amount of money for the charity. It would be a great thing if we can do. If we raise certain amounts then the charity would plant a tree after Gareth or name a star.”

Graham Watkinson, vice-chairman at Chorley FC, said: “We have reserved the date each year now for the Gareth Stringfellow Memorial day.

“That date is available to the family for as long as they want the tournament to run.

“We will donate a few prizes for them to raffle off and we hope they can raise as much money as possible on the day.”

An inquest recorded an open verdict on Gareth, who died after being hit by a train on the tracks at Coppull in

June 2012. If you would like to donate, contact Jason by email at