Charity fundraiser raises thousands in footballer’s memory

By Monmouthshire Beacon/Chepstow Beacon in Local People

A MEMORIAL match and fun day raised more than £5,500 for a mental health charity in memory of a Chepstow footballer.

The event, held at Chepstow Town FC on 8th July, was in memory of popular footballer Karl Baynton who passed away in June 2015.

The match featured a Chepstow team and a Caldicot team consisting of Karl’s friends and family, and was played in good spirits, Chepstow winning 6-3.

The day was largely organised by one of Karl’s best friends Karl Monaghan, who also thanked Rhiannon Griffiths for her help in organising the day.

“I’m really happy we raised that money for the charity because I hold the charity close to my heart,” Karl said.

“I have suffered myself with mental illness and I’ve lost some close friends from it too. I feel like the event went better than I ever imagined it would.”

Ron Baynton, Karl’s father, also publicly thanked everyone involved in the day.

“Thank you from the bottom of my family’s hearts for all that joined us yesterday to make this a successful memorial event,” Ron wrote on social media on Sunday.

“£6k raised for the mind charity is simply fantastic. This could not and would not of been done without Karl Monaghan and Rhiannon Griffiths.

“One of my boys’ best friends has done him proud.”

The event was held to raise money for mental health charity Mind, with raffles, collections and a sponsored head shave by Lee Shearn raising more than £300.

The charity raffle had some great prizes including Newport County tickets, Newport Gwent Dragons tickets and a stadium tour for 10 to Cardiff City FC. There were also many vouchers for local businesses and for haircuts, beauty treatments and tyres.

A charity auction was also held, with two four-night Creamfields tickets and two hospitality tickets to any Cardiff City FC match next season up for grabs. Alongside the match, there was also a bouncy castle, face painting, music, food and drinks.

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