Friends and family gather at fun day to remember Chris

British Heart Foundation Fun Day at Duke of Wellington, Leasingham, in memory of Chris Banks who died of heart disease. Front L-R Rachel Daykin, Amelia Daykin-Marsh 6, Louisa Simpson-Berrick, Aava Simpson 4, Sophie Daykin-Marsh 4. Back L-R Aaron Blackshaw, Paul Jackson, Maggie Jackson.
British Heart Foundation Fun Day at Duke of Wellington, Leasingham, in memory of Chris Banks who died of heart disease. Front L-R Rachel Daykin, Amelia Daykin-Marsh 6, Louisa Simpson-Berrick, Aava Simpson 4, Sophie Daykin-Marsh 4. Back L-R Aaron Blackshaw, Paul Jackson, Maggie Jackson.

Hundreds of people rallied together to raise funds for charity in memory of well-loved Leasingham man Chris Banks.

Chris died suddenly from heart disease in January this year and would have been 60 this month.

British Heart Foundation Fun Day at Duke of Wellington, Leasingham, in memory of Chris Banks who died of heart disease. L-R Helen Spencer, Carla Blow, Lisa Tudberry and Chloe Banks (Chris' daughter).

British Heart Foundation Fun Day at Duke of Wellington, Leasingham, in memory of Chris Banks who died of heart disease. L-R Helen Spencer, Carla Blow, Lisa Tudberry and Chloe Banks (Chris' daughter).

He was described as a man who would do anything for people, with an infectious laugh and a ‘larger than life’ personality.

To honour their friend, villagers Lesley French and Lisa Tudberry organised a fun day in aid of the British Heart Foundation at the Duke of Wellington pub on Lincoln Road. The day raised £1520 for the charity with local businesses donating prizes and people baking and bringing cakes. There was a bouncy castle, face-painting, games and stalls.

Lesley said she was amazed by the number of people who came. “It just shows how well Chris was loved. There were at least 200-300 people there at any one time. It was a fantastic tribute to a wonderful man. He was ever so funny and was the first to help anyone.

“Lisa really deserves the credit for putting this together. She did a brilliant job.”

British Heart Foundation Fun Day at Duke of Wellington, Leasingham, in memory of Chris Banks who died of heart disease. L-R Katie Phipps, Elsie Dracas 1, Isabel Pearson 12. Face painting.

British Heart Foundation Fun Day at Duke of Wellington, Leasingham, in memory of Chris Banks who died of heart disease. L-R Katie Phipps, Elsie Dracas 1, Isabel Pearson 12. Face painting.