REMF raised a record amount from their charity match
Organisers from the Robert Eaton Memorial Fund are celebrating after raising a record amount from their annual charity match against Crystal Palace, even though the game ended in defeat to their bitter rivals!
The fan event, which was held at the American Express Community Stadium for the first time, smashed previous REMF records and raised over £20,000 for the charity.
Brett Mendoza, vice chairman of REMF, told seagulls.co.uk, “It was unbelievable. It was the most we’ve ever raised and we never imagined it would be so successful.
“The amount raised was overwhelming, and included a substantial donation from Crystal Palace co-owner Stephen Browatt. I just want to say thank you to everyone for their unbelievable generosity.
“I’d also like to thank the club, who were incredibly supportive in helping us to host the game at the Amex for the first time.”
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Albion legends Peter Ward, Garry Nelson and Ricky Marlowe featured for the Seagulls, who were managed by chief executive Paul Barber, while the Palace line-up included Andy Johnson and Shaun Derry.
Meanwhile, the parents of Jacob Schilt, a former REMF player who sadly lost his life in the Shoreham Airshow disaster, were guests of honour at the game.
Gully’s Girls also returned for a special reunion dance before proceedings got underway in front of a crowd of over 1000.
The Seagulls went two goals ahead through Kyle Woolven and Scott Kennedy, but Palace fought back with goals from Jake Newton and a brace from Johnson to seal a 3-2 victory for the visitors.
“We were distraught in the dressing room afterwards,” admitted Mendoza, “but the charity was the winner overall.”
REMF was created in memory of Albion fan Robert Eaton, who was a victim of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks on 9/11, and has since raised over £100,000 for football charities and disability sport.
Fans can still donate – click here to visit the REMF Just Giving page.