Son’s grounds for remembering fan of Charlton Athletic

Poignant: Andrew Harris and Kristian Decaix at The Valley, where their charity walk started and ended
Poignant: Andrew Harris and Kristian Decaix at The Valley, where their charity walk started and ended

A Lewes lad undertook a sponsored walk in memory of his late father.

Andrew Harris was accompanied by his friend Kristian Decaix, and the 20-year-olds raised an amazing sum for St Peter and St James Hospice, at Chailey.

It was a walk that would have been particularly close to the heart of Andrew’s dad Chris, who sadly died last year at the age of 49.

He was a dedicated fan of Charlton Athletic Football Club all his life, and the 27-mile walk started and ended at their ground, The Valley in east London.

Along the way, in weather that was both wet and extremely hot, Andrew and Kristian took in two other football grounds – Selhurst Park, home of Crystal Palace, and West Ham United’s Upton Park.

So far they have raised a remarkable total of £3,000 with more donations pledged. For those that wish to donate to the hospice in Chris’s name, please follow the link

Chris, of South Way, Lewes, died in October after battling a long illness and left his wife of 24 years, Vicki.

He was a well-known and respected Chartered Structural Engineer who established his own independent consultancy practice in the town in January 2001. His knowledge and experience was well sought after across the county and further afield by architects, builders and other professionals within the construction industry.

The late Chris Harris was involved in many diverse projects which ranged from minor works to large scale £multi-million developments.

Whatever the size of project he was involved in, his quality of engineering was expertly executed and his specialist knowledge for bespoke projects meant that his practice was extremely successful.

One of his most noteworthy local projects was the highly acclaimed Cluny Halls extension at St Pancras Roman Catholic Church, Lewes.

The Cluny Halls were completed in 2009 and provide two separate rooms – the Wood Room on the upper level and Challoner Hall on the lower level.