A celebration day was held at the weekend in memory of Lee Hastings, the former Grenadier Guard who died last August.
He had been diagnosed with a brain tumour and bravely battled cancer for a year before passing away just weeks after his 30th birthday.
On Sunday afternoon mum Angela, of Salisbury Road, invited family and friends to the memorial event at the Manor Barn which raised funds for Lee’s charity, the Brain Cancer Trust.
Lee had been determined to raise funds himself for the charity and bravely took part in the Bexhill Poppy Run while recovering from major invasive surgery soon after his initial diagnosis.
In November last year his support team ran again in his name, and other local fundraising was done by the Christchurch choir just before Christmas with a Christmas concert.
Angela was thrilled by the event and said: “Thank you so much for my family and friends that made my son’s celebration of life so successful.”
She was supported by her sisters Donna, Sue and Kathryn, younger son Ross with girlfriend Beth, Lee’s cousins Liam Parker and Joseph Pellett, aunt Shirley Ingham and her partner Alan, among many others.
Angela commented: “Just to say a big thank you again for everyone who came to celebrate Lee’s life. I hope a good time was had by all. Thank you to Minnie and her friends for singing Lee’s favourite songs, Abide With Me and Jerusalem, and also thank you to choir Quintasia for singing other lovely songs. I know everyone enjoyed them. A big thank you to all the people on the stalls and I can now after a lot of counting tell you the total so far is a grand sum of £1,500.
“Thank you so much for such a worthy cause. Lee would be so pleased.”
She added: “Everything went so well. It was just great - everyone did their bit to help. Thank you to all my friends - they know who they are.”