The Robert Eaton Memorial Fund’s (REMF) Jacob Schilt Memorial Walk is fast approaching the £15,000 mark.
Organisers of REMF arranged a walk on the day of the Hull City game from the Shoreham toll bridge, close to where Jacob, Matt Grimstone and nine others, were tragically killed on the 22nd August, to Worthing United’s Lyon’s Farm to complete the journey the two young men sadly never finished.
Jacob had played in three REMF games over the years, including the 2015 match where the Albion side were victorious on penalties over rivals Crystal Palace.
REMF vice-chairman Brett Mendoza, who was integral in organising the walk, told seagulls.co.uk, “The response has been amazing. I never dreamed that we would receive such overwhelming support and the amount raised has massively surpassed our target of £1,000.
“I think the outpouring of generosity shows you just how much not only Jacob meant to people, but how much this tragedy affected the community as a whole. That was evident at the walk and at the stadium on Saturday.
“I thank everyone who came on the walk and all those that have donated. It means a lot to everyone involved with REMF that we have been able to honour Jacob in such a fitting way.”
Members of REMF were on the pitch before the Hull game where they held a giant Worthing United shirt with Schilt on the back as the club paid its tributes to those lost.
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Albion CEO, Paul Barber and commercial development manager, Paul Rogers, both coached Jacob in this year’s REMF fixture and participated in the walk prior to the home game with Hull City.
Barber said, “It was a privilege to be involved with the Robert Eaton Memorial Fund match earlier this year. What the lads have done for Jacob since his very sad passing doesn’t surprise me.
“The REMF group are very committed to their cause. They are bright, enthusiastic, and passionate. They care about their club and they care about their community. Jacob was very much part of this ethos.
"REMF have done some outstanding work over the last three weeks, and indeed over many years since Robert lost his own life in the 9/11 attack in New York.
"In short, REMF have paid a wonderful and deserved tribute to Jacob.”
REMF are still taking donations at justgiving.com/JacobsREMFwalk and all the money raised is being donated to Worthing United Youth Football Club to provide them with the funds to ensure their kids can develop their football in a healthy and safe environment.
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