The Robert Eaton Memorial Fund


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By brighton1973, Oct 5 2015 11:54AM

Local youth football charity Robert Eaton Memorial Fund (REMF) will be presenting a cheque for more than £19,000 to Worthing United Youth FC this Sunday, October 11.

In memory of Matt Grimstone and Jacob Schilt, who died in the recent Shoreham Air Show disaster, REMF organised a charity walk from Shoreham to Worthing United FC last month. This money was pledged to Worthing United Youth FC.

Both Matt and Jacob's families have been invited on Sunday between 11.30am-12 noon to come and visit the Rotary and Hill Barn grounds to see where the money donated will be spent.

All Worthing United Youth FC's members and families plus anyone who took part in the sponsored walk are invited to come along to this event. There will probably some local media interest in the cheque presentation so there will be filming and photographs being taken. If any parent/guardian has any issues with this please inform your manager.

Brett Mendoza from the REMF charity said, "Worthing United Youth FC is a very worthy cause for this donation. Many hundreds of people attended the charity walk and raised money so we are pleased to be able to making this donation to the club."

Mark Sanderson, Chairman of Worthing United Youth FC, said, "This is an incredible amount of money raised by local people in memory of two Worthing United footballers. I would like to thank the REMF charity and everyone who has helped raise money in Matt and Jacob's names.

"Worthing United Youth FC has recently moved to its new home at the Rotary and Hill Barn recreation grounds in Worthing. This money will be wisely spent to make sure we offer our young footballers and coaches the best facilities and opportunities we can.

"This will involve improving the existing facilities we currently offer and the development of coaches and players at the club. We also have a long-term plan to build a new clubhouse on the site. This will be a long-lasting legacy for two local footballers."

You can still donate to this worthy cause via

By brighton1973, Sep 7 2015 08:26AM

Today The Robert Eaton Memorial Fund has topped up the generous donations to Jacobs REMF walk, by so many great people.

A further £2,500 has been added by us as recognition for the great work done by Jacob in his time with REMF.

This money, along with all the money donated generously by everyone else will go to Worthing United Youth Football Club.

They have recently been granted planning permission to build a training ground for their youth set up at the Rotary Grounds in Worthing.

Their new home will feature a total of ten football pitches of various sizes including 5v5, 7v7, 9v9 and 11v11 pitches to cater for all age groups from under 7s to under 18s.

All the money raised will go towards this project, helping to paying for goals, equipment, kit, pitch maintenance and eventually a new club house to ensure a healthy and safe environment for their kids to progress as footballers.

We would like to thank everyone for all your kind donations, support and interest in Jacob's REMF walk, it has escalated to a level we didn't think was possible, and has the potential to be something quite brilliant in such sad circumstances.

Jacobs REMF walk takes place on Saturday 12th September. For more information or to donate, please click here:

For Jacob, Matt and all the other victims.


Brett Mendoza

REMF Vice Chairman

By brighton1973, Aug 25 2015 04:57PM

Saturday 12th September 2015. 10am.

The Robert Eaton Memorial Fund are hosting a sponsored walk in memory of Jacob Schilt, as well as the other victims who sadly lost their lives during the Shoreham Airshow disaster.

Jacob was part of our fundraising team at REMF, raising almost £1,000 by taking part in three REMF Challenge Matches against Crystal Palace.

The planned walk is approximately 4 miles long and will take participants from the Memorial footbridge in Shoreham, along the A27 foot path to Worthing United's ground in Lyons Farm. This will symbolise the journey that Jacob and Matthew (who he was travelling with) could sadly never finish.

The money raised by donations will be presented to Worthing United Youth Football Club from REMF to provide them with the funds to ensure their kids can develop their football in a healthy and safe environment.

We would like you to join the 2015 REMF squad, Jacobs family and friends and Brighton CEO Paul Barber for this walk and help celebrate a life that was ended way to soon.

The walk will start at 10am and will take approximately 2 hours to complete. We are encouraging participants to make it a colourful celebration of Jacobs life and would like everyone to wear colours/shirts of teams you support/play for, or colours/shirts you may have played football or cricket with Jacob.

Anyone who wishes to participate in the walk should register your interest by emailing REMF Vice Chairman, Brett Mendoza at [email protected]

Anyone that wishes to sponsor a participant or make a donation can do so at this justgiving page:

By brighton1973, Aug 23 2015 11:22AM

This morning it has been made apparent to me that one of the young lads that plays for the REMF team was one of the unfortunate victims of yesterday's airshow tragedy.

Jacob Schilt was only 23 and played in 3 of the Brighton v Palace matches. It's come as a great shock that this has happened.

As a charity, we cant thank people enough for the kind work and fundraising that they do. For something like this to happen to one of our own is devastating.

We feel it only fitting that in due course, we will be doing something to remember him by. It's the least that we can do.

From everyone at the REMF our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and all that know him.

By brighton1973, Apr 19 2015 06:57PM

Not many people are aware that Robert Eaton was a professional singer between the ages of 8 and 13.

3 of his chorister colleagues at St Paul's Cathedral, who also played football and cricket with Robert while at school are cycling from Crystal Palace to Brighton on Friday to attend the REMF memorial match and raise awareness.

Craig McLeish, Mark Withers and Nick Roberts will be arriving at the Lewes ground at around 6.30 and a few others will attend the match. They have raised over £3000 so far and aim to collect more on the way.

Pictured here is a victorious school cricket team with Nick (3rd from left) Craig (4th) Robert (6th) and Mark (far right) all featuring.

Robert and Craig are also pictured setting off on a 2 week cycling holiday in 1980.

Craig writes - Robert was a tour de force at school - a gifted Cello player and natural sportsman who did everything with panache and a glint in his eye - he was a delight to be friends with and we were privileged to know him and especially sing with him - still by far the best boy treble voice I have ever heard. Many of our best memories at school were sporting ones - beating rival schools and sharing wickets and goals with Rob will stay with me forever. If anyone would like to hear Robert's incredible voice please contact Craig directly on [email protected]

If anyone would like to donate further because of their "tired old legs" please visit Mark's Just Giving page where you can find more information

By brighton1973, Apr 17 2015 07:10PM

A team of fundraising footballers have been given a glimpse of life as a professional as they prepare annual match commemorating the life of a Brighton and Hove Albion fan killed in 9/11.

Players from the Robert Eaton Memorial Fund (REMF) were invited to the Seagulls’ state-of-the-art training ground in Lancing for a series of training sessions ahead of their game with Crystal Palace supporters.

And they are being put through their paces by none other than Albion chief executive Paul Barber, who has volunteered to manage the team when they play the Eagles at Lewes FC’s Dripping Pan ground on Friday, April 24.

Some of the players were also interviewed by the club’s media team for a video which has been played at the Amex before recent home games.

Kick-off for the charity match is 7.45pmand Albion legend Peter Ward will line up alongside the supporters, as will former Brighton star Ricky Marlowe.

Robert Eaton was an avid Albion fan who was tragically killed during the 9/11terrorist attack on his adopted home of New York.

In the years since, the REMF has raised more than £120,000 in his name – with grants given to junior football clubs both in the UK and in New York, a host of football-related charity projects in Africa and a variety of schemes designed at helping young people of all backgrounds enjoy football. For example, the charity sponsors the Albion’s thriving powerchair football team, providing them with equipment, kit and financial support.

Entrance to the match is £5 for adults, £2 for under-16s (or free if accompanied by an adult).

Before then though the REMF squad, who have each been raising sponsorship to take part in the match, still have one more training session.

Right-back Sam Wilson, who usually plays for the evocatively-named Hassocks Fatboys Reserves in Division 5 of the local Sunday league, said: “It's an amazing facility and the club are being very supportive in letting us train there.

“Paul Barber has been very hands-on as this year's manager and all credit to him for that; there can't be many chief executives of a professional club that would be running round in a tracksuit training a team for a charity match.

“Even though it's only a few sessions, I'm certainly going to miss being put through my paces at a multi-million pound venue. It makes you feel a bit like an actual footballer.”

The REMF squad can be sponsored online at:

By brighton1973, Apr 22 2014 12:10PM

This year's REMF match is fast-approaching - with Albion fans going head to head with arch rivals Crystal Palace on Friday May 2.

Since it was launched, the REMF has raised more than £120,000 for a host of football clubs and sporting charities.

Earlier this month the REMF confirmed two new grants of £5,000 to a pair of African football charities and previous donations have included funding a £30,000 mini bus for the Seagulls Specials, a sponsorship package for the Albion’s power chair team, kit and equipment to local junior clubs and £3,000 to Coaching For Hope, a charity which uses football to support young Aids victims in Cambodia.

The highlight of each year’s fundraising effort is a hotly-contested match between Seagulls fans and Crystal Palace supporters at Lewes FC’s Dripping Pan stadium.

This year’s match takes place on Friday May 2, with kick off at 7.45pm. Entry is £5 for adults or £2 for under 16s (or free if accompanied by an adult).

All proceeds go to the REMF and there will also be a raffle, refreshments and a bar.

The Brighton players are busy collecting sponsorship and anyone who would like to donate can do so online at

The game usually attracts a crowd of more than 400 and previous cameo appearances have come from the likes of Albion legend Peter Ward and former Brighton manager and current Gillingham boss Peter Taylor.

A spokesman for the REMF said: “This event is always an enjoyable evening and I would recommend it to anyone who has not been before.

“There is a friendly, family atmosphere and all are welcome.”

By brighton1973, Apr 16 2014 07:08PM

The first - Team Thunder FC - is part of the Thunder Foundation and is based in Nairobi, Kenya, in the country’s second largest slum and will be given £5,000. It helps around 65 school children aged between nine and 16, attempting to keep local youngsters off the streets and away from drugs and alcohol, but receives no funding. Seagulls fan Matt Wilkin is currently volunteering with the team and contacted the REMF for help. The subsequent donation will pay for new equipment including goals, balls, shirt and first aid kit.

Earlier this month long-term REMF fundraiser Brett Mendoza returned from a visit to the team (pictured) having delivered a stash of REMF tops and donated football shirts - as well as joining in with some football sessions to see just how much of a difference the donation will make.

The second £5,000 is being sent to Zambia where life-long Albion fan Liz O-Brien is working with Chongwe College and two local football teams. The college is completely self-funding and helps train young Zambians to become Primary School teachers - something not easy without equipment. The cash will also help Ngoma Leopards FC and Nanzhila United continue their work with young children aged five an up.

The REMF’s raises funds throughout the year through golf days, sponsored runs and a quiz night – with the latest, held last month, raising £1,600.

Its main event is the annual challenge match between Brighton fans and supporters of the Seagulls rivals Crystal Palace. This year’s game takes place at Lewes FC’s Dripping Pan ground on Friday May 2 – with kick off 7.45pm.

By brighton1973, Dec 5 2013 10:19PM

The Robert Eaton Memorial Fund has half a dozen places for next year's Brighton Marathon.

The charity was given a number of places for the annual race but still has six to fill so wants to hear from anyone who would like to take part but missed out on a place.

Ideally, runners would attempt to raise at least £500 for the charity.

The marathon takes place on April 6.

Anyone interested should call Gareth Glover on 07543 016094.

By brighton1973, Nov 11 2013 02:05PM

The Robert Eaton Memorial Fund has agreed a two-year sponsorship package with Brighton and Hove Albion Power Chair team - committing £8,500 a year to the club.

The money will help fund coaching, travel, kit and affiliation costs associated with the running of the team, which completes in the WFA Premier League.

Brighton and Hove Albion Power Chair Football Club offers wheelchair users the chance to compete at a national level and the team has two training sessions a week. The squad was promoted from the WFA National League last season and earlier this year one of its players, Matt Francis, was invited to take part in an England training camp at St George's Park.

As part of the deal players will wear the REMF logo on their team tracksuits and polo shirts and the charity's logo will also appear on the back of the players' game chairs.

And the REMF has also agreed a £500 donation to St Gertrudes FC - a club in South Croydon. The money will be spent on a new set of goal posts and other new equipment.

REMF chairman Tony Langridge said: "I hope all who support the Robert Eaton Memorial Fund will agree that these are two more worthy causes for us to be involved with and, hopefully, the fund will continue to receive the fabulous support it has been lucky enough to enjoy so far."

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