Blerch to be remembered

Chris Merchant and his mother Sue Lyes  ANL-160517-100655001
Chris Merchant and his mother Sue Lyes ANL-160517-100655001

A popular sportsman who died in a horrific crash last summer is being remembered through a charitable sporting foundation set up by his mum.

Christopher Merchant, of Folly Road, Mildenhall, was 28 when he was killed in the accident in Worlington which also claimed the lives of his friend, Matthew Grant, 24, and pensioners John and Helen Dyal.

Known as Blerch, Christopher was a keen footballer as well enjoying golf, tennis, cycling and fishing. Now his mum, Sue Lyes, wants to give local youngsters a chance to try sport and has set up the Blerch Sporting Foundation to provide free taster sessions.

“When Christopher was killed the support we received from the community was amazing,” said Sue.

“He had so many friends who started raising money in his memory, so we decided we wanted to put it to good use and give something back to the community and we wanted it to involve sport because Christopher loved sport so much.”

Sue set up the foundation with her daughter Annika Allen and Tracey Allen, Emma Gathercole, Lucy Cobbold and Anna Tricker. They will offer up to six sessions of sports including football, tennis, cricket, netball, and lawn bowls.

It has an open day on June 4 from noon to 4pm at Mildenhall’s Jubilee Field when parents can register children.

The day will also include sports sessions with Mildenhall Speedway riders, a coach from Norwich City FC, displays by the Suffolk Stars cheerleaders, a climbing wall, bouncy castle and pony rides.

Visit www.blerchsporting foundation.co.uk