Memorial day for fallen father and son leaves lasting legacy

A MEMORIAL day held in honour of a father and son who lost their lives in 2007 while clearing flood damage at Tewkesbury Rugby Club will help Wooden Spoon to support young people facing disadvantage in the area.

The £3,000 raised by the event – which marked the tenth anniversary of the deaths of Bram and Chris Lane, who were overcome by carbon monoxide fumes from a petrol-powered pump they were using to get floodwater out of the club’s cellar – was shared equally between the children’s charity of rugby and the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.

A former Tewkesbury director, 64-year-old Bram had also been the club’s treasurer and was described as a lynchpin of the Gloucestershire community.

A celebration of the pair’s commitment to the club, the day began with the singing of the hymn Jerusalem and featured a touch rugby tournament, live music and charity raffle.

Wooden Spoon Gloucestershire’s chairman Tim Heal and committee member Paul Hipkiss (pictured second from right and far right respectively) received the cheque on behalf of the children’s charity of rugby.  

Tewkesbury Rugby Club is expected to be officially announced as the latest member of Wooden Spoon’s partner club family in the coming days.