The Robert Eaton Memorial Fund


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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

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

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."

By brighton1973, Sep 24 2013 05:26PM

Supporters of the two clubs will cycle the 50-miles between Palace’s Selhurst Park stadium and the Albion’s Amex home this Sunday in memory of a Seagulls fan who died during the 9/11 terrorist attack on New York.

Robert Eaton was working in the World Trade Centre when the planes hit the Twin Towers and, once news of his tragic and untimely death reached Sussex, fellow fans set up a charity in his name.

Since then the Robert Eaton Memorial Fund (REMF) has raised more than £120,000 which has been given to local junior sports clubs, helped fund a team in Robert’s adopted home of Queens, New York and supported footballing charities working with victims of HIV and AIDS in Africa.

And this weekend fans of the two arch rivals will ride together between the two grounds, taking in the energy-sapping climb up Ditchling Beacon.

Ride organisers James Snook and Brett Mendoza hope the 18 cyclists will raise £5,000 for the REMF, with the money helping to provide under privileged kids of Sussex and Croydon with sports kit and equipment.

Some have even agreed to expand the route by cycling from The Amex to Selhurst Park and back.

Mr Mendoza, a long-time supporter of the REMF, said: “There is a great mixture of people taking part. Male, female, old and young and all of different cycling abilities.

“Four of the group are even cycling to Selhurst Park first to double the size of challenge. It is a great physical challenge which will raise a lot of money for a brilliant cause.”

The riders will be supported by the new £30,000 Albion In The Community mini bus, which the REMF bought for the charity earlier in the year.

Around £3,000 has been raised so far and anyone wanting to add to the amount can do so online at

By brighton1973, Apr 25 2013 12:08PM

The annual Robert Eaton Memorial Fund (REMF) challenge match raised more than £4,000 – and ended in an Albion win.

Each year supporters of Brighton and their arch rival Crystal Palace face off at Lewes FC’s Dripping Pan ground to raise cash for the charity and last Friday a crowd of more than 300 people saw the Seagulls edge out the Eagles 1v0 in a tight and entertaining match.

The Brighton squad collected around £2,500 in pre match sponsorship and donations, while another £1,000 was added at the turnstiles.

Brighton once again had Peter Ward, Paul Rogers and Ricky Marlow in their ranks, while this season the visitors boasted Eddie McGoldrick and Simon Osborn in their starting eleven.

On the pitch a goal from man of the match and Albion kit man Chris Leppard was enough to settle matters, while guest appearances from Palace cheerleaders The Crystals and Selhurst mascot Pete the Eagle went down well with supporters.

Photographs from the night are available online at and the team from Holmesdale Radio broadcast live commentary on the night.

Anyone who could not make the match but would like to donate can still do so online at

REMF chairman Tony Langridge said, “This year’s match was a brilliant occasion and to raise such a great amount is amazing.

“Our thanks go to everyone who took part, donated, came along or helped in any way. Without your support the charity would not be the success it is today.”

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