Community gathers to remember Gavin

The community of Bettws near Bridgend came together to raise £4,600 for two charities, including CLIC Sargent, to remember popular football enthusiast Gavin Hodges.

Community gathers to remember Gavin

Gavin was 23 when he died of cancer in 2013. He was a true football fan and his friends and family continue to rally together hundreds of people every year for a charity event in his memory.

This year's annual fundraising fun day included a five-a-side football tournament. 

Gavin’s mum Alison said: “The day is obviously about raising money but it’s also about having fun.

“Gavin was a massive character and was very popular in the local area, always out playing football with his friends.”

Bigger and better

This year the event attracted even more people who enjoyed everything from a bouncy castle, coconut shy and face painting to food stalls, a licensed bar and live bands.

Last year the event raised over £2,000 for the charities which supported Gavin and his family, including CLIC Sargent.

But that total was more than doubled this year, due to its ever expanding popularity.

CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Hannah Worrall said: “I love speaking with Alison and finding out about how the whole family are working really hard to make this event such an massive success.

“It is wonderful to know that CLIC Sargent supported Gavin and his family - it makes me proud to work for the charity knowing we were there for the family when they really needed us.”

Find out more

To find out how you can organise your own event for CLIC Sargent, please contact CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Hannah Worrall on 0117 314 8630 or email: