The Robert Eaton Memorial Fund


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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.”

By brighton1973, Apr 25 2013 12:08PM

The Robert Eaton Memorial Fund is delighted to announce a £3,750 donation to the CPFC Foundation in recognition of the fantastic support the charity has received from Crystal Palace fans.

Each year supporters of the Albion’s arch rivals head down to the Dripping Pan in Lewes for the annual challenge match and have played an integral part in helping the charity raise more than £125,000 since Robert’s tragic death.

And this year’s match, which took place last Friday, saw the largest ever contingent travel down from South London, including two former professionals, Palace match day mascot Pete the Eagle, the club’s cheerleaders and the team from Holmesdale Radio, who broadcast live from the fundraiser.

As a thank you for the continued support of Crystal Palace supporters, the REMF committee decided to hand over almost £4,000 to the CPFC Foundation, a group which does similar work to Brighton’s Albion in the Community.

Tony Langridge, REMF chairman, said, “We cannot thank Crystal Palace and their supporters enough for the help and support they have given us over the years – but hopefully this will go some way to showing how much we appreciate it.

“The REMF would not be possible without them and all those who have helped and donated to the REMF are a credit to Crystal Palace.”

For more information on the CPFC Foundation, please visit

By brighton1973, Apr 19 2013 10:23AM

The REMF team who took part in last week's Brighton Marathon raised more than £6,000 for the charity.

After months of training and preparation, the REMF runners did themselves and the charity proud and the cash will now go towards funding junior football clubs or good causes.

A spokesman for the REMF said, "It was an absolutely amazing effort to raise that amount and the charity owes each and every runner a huge thank you.

"To take on such a big challenge is inspiring and their efforts will help others far less fortunate.

"I hope they are all as proud of themselves as we are of them."

By brighton1973, Feb 20 2013 01:56PM

Lewes FC will once again host the annual Brighton v Crystal Palace supporters match - with the popular fundraiser taking place at The Dripping Pan on Friday, April 19.

Kick-off will be 7.45pm and entry is just £5.

More details will be made available on this site over the coming weeks.

By brighton1973, Feb 19 2013 06:20PM

The REMF is holding its latest quiz night at the Amex on March 1 - the night before the Albion play host to Huddersfield Town.

Starting at 7.30pm the battle of wits is being held in Dick's Bar, with doors opening at 6pm.

Teams should be made up of up to six people, with entry £5 per person.

There will also be a raffle on the night, with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages served throughout the evening, and all money raised will go to REMF.

Anyone who wants to head along but cannot find a team is encouraged to turn up anyway, with organisers planning on putting together teams on the night.

For more information, or to book your team's place, please email [email protected]

By brighton1973, May 15 2012 10:59AM

A CROWD of around 300 roared the Brighton & Hove Albion supporters team to a hard-fought 6v4 win over their Crystal Palace counterparts - raising £5,000 in the process.

A man of the match performance from Alex Staines helped the Seagulls come out on top during Friday's match at Lewes' Dripping Pan stadium. The young centre half was moved upfront and scored a superb solo effort to put the Albion team ahead.

Chris Leppard added a brace after Thomas Walmsley shinned in a deserved equaliser shortly after the break. Then, as the minutes ticked on, Rich Coleman rounded things off with an deftly taken chip as Palace tried to claw their way back into a game which had, for the most part, been dominated by the home side.

More important than the result though, was the amount raised - with REMF 11 netting the fith highest amount of cash of all 11 games so far.

A spokesman for the charity said, "It was a lovely occasion played in a spirit befitting the charity.

"Our thanks must go to everyone who came and supported the match and, of course, the Crystal Palace fans, without who the game would not take place.

"They really are a credit to their club."

By brighton1973, Apr 13 2012 02:59PM

Nine supporters of the REMF are taking part in this weekend's Brighton Marathon - and have already raised almost £8,000 for the charity.

The team, which includes Palace fans Kevin Risby and Mark Bushell, who will both compete decked out in a Brighton shirt, has spent the last few months busily collecting sponsorship when perhaps they should have been pounding the streets in preparation.

A mix of keen runners and armchair dwellers, the group have been backed by friends, family and fellow fans. And, one Seagulls supporter who is running in a Palace kit has even been sponsored by former Albion favourite turned Palace striker Glenn Murray and Palace co-owner Stephen Browett.

Robert Eaton's nephew Charlie Stephenson is also among those who will tackle the 26 mile course on Sunday.

A spokesman for the charity said, "They are all heroes in our eyes - especially the Palace lads.

"With the money already pledged this will be one of our most successful fundraisers ever. It has been a great effort. I just hope they all make it round."

For more information on how to sponsor the runners, simply visit: NSC

By brighton1973, Mar 27 2012 12:45PM

Brighton & Hove Albion’s greatest ever goalscorer Peter Ward is jetting in to take part in this year's REMF match.

Peter Ward, the ever-popular centre-forward who bagged 81 goals for the Albion in two spells on the south coast and is still considered by many to be the club’s greatest ever player, will be playing in the 11th annual match between Brighton fans and their arch rivals from Crystal Palace in a bid to raise further funds in memory of Robert Eaton.

This year’s match will take place on Friday, May 11 at the Dripping Pan in Lewes.

Also taking to the field will be Ricky Marlowe - Robert’s favourite Albion player, who will be travelling down from his Scotland base - as he has done each year - to take part and Paul Rogers, the former Seagulls captain.

Kick-off is at 7.45pm and entry is just £5 for adults and £2 for children - although under 16s got free if accompanied by an adult. Gully’s Girls will also perform on the night and there will also be a raffle, including signed shirts. All proceeds go to REMF.

Tony Langridge, chairman for the REMF, said, “This is a great cause and the perfect way to remember Robert, who lost his life in such tragic circumstances.

“Hopefully as many Brighton fans as possible will come along on the night. Every penny raised goes to people who really need it and in the past we have helped fund projects in Africa which helps orphans with HIV as well as buying the Seagulls Specials a new mini bus last year.

“Brighton have been going great guns on the pitch this season, but this is a brilliant opportunity for our younger fans to see a true great in action in Peter Ward.

“And, who knows, they might get to see the Albion beat Palace at least once this season.”

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