A charity set up in memory of a Tarvin student who died earlier this year has raised over £10,000.
The George Heath Foundation has been established as a charity by the friends and family of George to celebrate his young life and to ensure that his name lives on in the hearts of those who were close to him and in the numerous and diverse communities where he was widely known and loved.
The 20-year-old student, from Deans Way, Tarvin, died in March following a collision with a lorry on the A49 near Tarporley.
Mum Gaynor said: “Using the funds that have and continue to be raised in George’s memory, our objectives are now to provide charitable support to those community-based organisations and causes that touched George’s life; by helping them to further their public benefit work and ambitions.
“Ultimately, the George Heath Foundation will endeavour to support an inclusive range of communities, causes and activities that touched George’s life, ensuring that the benefits of the Foundation are accessible to all. It is envisaged that this will encompass Tarvin and the surrounding villages. The charity aims to help everyone fulfil their potential and life.”
The charity’s website is in the process of development, but in the meantime people can follow it on facebook at www.facebook.com/The George Heath Foundation.
In the immediate aftermath of George’s death in March a football tournament was held, and funds in the region of £7,300 was generated. Work is underway to repeat the football tournament on an annual basis in May each year (2017 date is Saturday 27th May).
Other events have been held in the last few months – including George’s friend Chloe Evans completing the Chester Half-Marathon, and a family prize bingo event in October at Tarvin Community Centre – with over £1,600 being generated for the Foundation.
The first donation made by the Foundation was to Tarvin Pre-School Nursery who have been very busy building their very own mud kitchen over the summer holidays and who are almost ready to have the official opening!
Charitable status has now been granted by the Charity Commission (registered Charity Number 1169538).
The next event is a stall at the craft fair being held at the Tarvin Methodist Church on Saturday 29th October, and after that the volunteers will be at the Tarvin Christmas Festival on Saturday 3rd December.
2016 – George Heath Memorial Trophy winners – Vinegar Drinkers FC