Tournament held in memory of Crawley baby raises £4.5k for hospital

Charity Football tournament for the Evelina London Childrens Hospital in memory of eight-month-old Georgina Gregory who died of a rare condition. Event organisers Karl Haworth and James Gregory. Pic Steve Robards SR1615547 SUS-160606-095859001

Charity Football tournament for the Evelina London Childrens Hospital in memory of eight-month-old Georgina Gregory who died of a rare condition. Event organisers Karl Haworth and James Gregory. Pic Steve Robards SR1615547 SUS-160606-095859001

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A charity football tournament organised by the uncle of a baby who died from a rare heart condition, has raised £4,500 for the Evelina Children’s Hospital in London.

Georgina Craddock was just eight months old when she lost her battle with pulmonary vein stenosis last December. She was cared for at The Evelina which is part of St Thomas’s Hospital.

Charity Football tournament for the Evelina London Childrens Hospital in memory of eight-month-old Georgina Gregory who died of a rare condition.. Pic Steve Robards SR1615521 SUS-160606-095704001

Charity Football tournament for the Evelina London Childrens Hospital in memory of eight-month-old Georgina Gregory who died of a rare condition.. Pic Steve Robards SR1615521 SUS-160606-095704001

Her parents Catherine Gregory and Karl Craddock from Tilgate and wider family have committed themselves to helping other parents facing similar tragedies.

On Saturday Catherine’s brother James and his friend Karl Haworth hosted the tournament.

James said: “After feeling helpless at the passing of my niece, I wanted to do something to honour her memory. After speaking with my sister Catherine and her partner Karl of the amazing help that the Evelina Hospital had given them and Georgina, I decided that I wanted to do something for them for the outstanding work that they do on a daily basis.

“As I am a member of Roffey Football Club in Horsham I then came up with the idea of organising a charity football tournament at the club.”

Catherine, Karl and baby Georgina

Catherine, Karl and baby Georgina

The winners were Rudgwick Panthers, runners up were Alltraders FC and in third place was Average Joe’s.

Firms donating equipment and raffle prizes, included Canon UK, Virgin Atlantic, Ah!Media, Citrus Signs Ltd, Felbridge Hotel, Lingfield Racecourse, Copthorne Hotel, Fusion partitions, Komfort Partitioning’s Limited, K2 Crawley, Godstone Farm, Tilgate Forest Golf Course, Ifield Golf Club.

If you would like to find out more about the Evelina and donate towards the cause go to www.supportevelina.org.uk

Charity Football tournament for the Evelina London Childrens Hospital in memory of eight-month-old Georgina Gregory who died of a rare condition.. Pic Steve Robards SR1615536 SUS-160606-095816001

Charity Football tournament for the Evelina London Childrens Hospital in memory of eight-month-old Georgina Gregory who died of a rare condition.. Pic Steve Robards SR1615536 SUS-160606-095816001