Per­fect tribute to Gary

Lennox Herald - - MEMORY LANE -

A He­lens­burgh woman who set up a char­ity in mem­ory of her hus­band has held a fundrais­ing match in his hon­our.

Kelly An­drews com­mem­o­rated the life of much-loved chef Gary, who died of lung can­cer in 2013 whilst on hol­i­day with Kelly and son Joshua.

She launched char­i­ta­ble trust Gary An­drews - Re­mem­ber a Life - Lung Can­cer Char­ity.

The Com­modore Ho­tel in He­lens­burgh hosted an in­au­gu­ral casino night, which was fol­lowed by a memo­rial foot­ball match at Ar­den­con­nel Park in Rhu the fol­low­ing day.

Kelly said: “I re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery­one who at­tended our first char­ity casino night. It was great fun for ev­ery­one, es­pe­cially Rab McQueen, aged 85, who knew Gary as a young boy grow­ing up in Gare­lochhead and so wanted to be part of the night. I was re­ally touched he man­aged to come along and sup­port our event in Gary’s mem­ory.”

The cou­ple’s son Joshua had been a mem­ber of Ar­den­caple FC since the age of five, and the club worked closely with the An­drews fam­ily to raise aware­ness and funds for lung can­cer.

The match saw Ar­den­caple FC 2003s (cap­tained by Josh) de­feat a com­bined se­lect team com­pris­ing play­ers from Caple and Dum­bar­ton United 2002s.

Lead­ing up to kick-off, a large crowd was en­ter­tained to danc­ing rou­tines by Donna’s Daz­zlers fol­lowed by a touch­ing cer­e­mony when a mass of coloured bal­loons were re­leased into the sky in cel­e­bra­tion of Gary’s life.

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