SUNDAY marked the one year anniversary of the passing of John Morton, a local man who died of a rare form of Leukaemia.
Mr Morton was a driving instructor in Uckfield and raised thousands of pounds for the Royal Marsden Hospital (Sutton), the Royal Sussex County Hospital (Brighton) and Radio Marsden fm, by organising and taking part in a charity walk along the A272 in 2010. John was also a well-respected member of Uckfield Anderida Cricket Club and was the club’s longest serving Chairman. He raised several thousands of pounds of sponsorship for the club over the years and was a dedicated committee member, along with his wife Jennie. On Sunday the club held a memorial cricket match in John’s honour at the Victoria Pleasure ground in Uckfield. There was a short presentation from 12.45pm of a bench in John’s name and flowers to John’s widow Jennie before the 40 over match started at 1pm. The teams consisted of a club side; players currently involved in UACC as well as a President’s side consisting of ex-Uckfield Anderida players who would have played when John was Chairman.
Remaining fit throughout his illnesses, John raised thousands of pounds doing charity walks, including in 2004 when he joined up with England spinner and TV personality Phil Tufnell. who supported Mr Morton’s fund-raising efforts which followed his recovery from leukaemia. John did a 90-mile walk along the A272 and Phil joined him for part of the journey and was special guest at a fund-raising dinner. Mr Morton’s youngest son, Kevin, is a regular 1st team player and has now taken on his father’s mantle of being the club’s current Chairman.
Kevin said: “It was a great day for the club. My Dad was a well-respected patron of UACC and he meant a lot to a number of our players. The match was a well-contested one and played in very competitive, but high, spirits.”