Charity activities will remember likeable Jeff

Jeff Aldridge and wife Debbie
Jeff Aldridge and wife Debbie
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Two fundraising events will be held in Melton to raise funds for Cancer Research UK in memory of Jeff Aldridge who died of bowel cancer.

Jeff (56), who lived in Waltham, was a popular community figure and loving husband who died on January 24.

On the anniversary of Jeff’s death (Saturday, January 24) there will be a children’s afternoon of fun at the Market Tavern in Scalford Road (1pm-4pm).

This will include Prince Conker’s disco, a cake sale, guess how many sweets in the jar, face painting, nail varnish painting, stalls and a chocolate tombola.

It will be the turn of adults to have fun later that night (7pm-1am) at an event which will include a sports auction with donated prizes up for grabs including a signed Leicester Tigers shirt, a framed and signed Leicester City FC shirt as well as rugby, football and boxing memorabilia. There will also be a raffle, four live bands and a special cake made by Colleen’s Cakes of Melton.

Jeff’s widow, Debbie, said: “This will be a great day of fun for both children and adults in memory of Jeff who loved to socialise.

“I have been overwhelmed and touched by the amount of people who have paid tribute to Jeff since his death.

“I want to raise £10,000 for Cancer Research UK.”

Jeff worked for lots of local firms including Jeld-Wen, Petfoods and Automatic Braiding to name but three.

He also helped raise money for charities, twice taking part in the British Heart Foundation’s Vale of Belvoir Bike Ride and also competing in the Melton Lions Golf Day.

Debbie added: “My husband was a remarkable man who had a lot of time for people, rich or poor.

“He was friends with everybody and had over 650 people at his funeral.”

Jeff was a big Genesis fan who supported Leicester City FC. There will be a guest appearance during the fundraising evening from Foxes legend, and Jeff’s friend, Alan Young. Fellow former Foxes stars Steve Walsh and Ian Marshall, who Jeff also classed as good friends, may also make an appearance.

Admission for adults will be £10 for adults and £3 for children.

Tickets for the children’s event will be available on the door. Tickets for the adults’ event are available from Robbie Toth at E-Clips hairdressers, which is in Cheapside, Melton, from ‘Sketchy’ at Hamilton Tennis Club or Andy Macdonald at Mars Petcare in Melton.