Charity events in Matthew’s memory for Cancer Research UK and The Compassionate Friends

MASC fundraising dog walk.
MASC fundraising dog walk.

A series of charity events in memory of a Wainfleet man who died in a car crash in 2008, aged just 20, have raised £1,400.

Friends and relatives of Matthew Steels-Chambers have again teamed up for the annual MASC fundraising campaign, which takes its name from Matthew’s initials.

This year’s total was double what was raised in 2013 and will be donated to Cancer Research UK and The Compassionate Friends charity, an organisation dedicated to the support and care of bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents who have suffered the death of a child or children.

The cash was collected through a variety of means, including a sponsored dog walk, 15-mile cycle ride and 200-mile motorbike journey.

Matthew’s younger brother George also took part in a mixed martial arts event at SFK Gym in Skegness to boost the total.

Talented mixed martial arts fighter George is also donating a sum received for representing Great Britain at a competition in Croatia this month.

Cash was given to Cancer Research in memory of Matthew’s grandmother Jean Phoenix who passed away two years ago.

Jean’s husband Mick joined the charity dog walk.

Matthew’s mum Marianne now works as a volunteer for The Compassionate Friends to help other bereaved families.

She said: “I am holding a thank you supper this month to say thanks to everyone, discuss what we can do next year and which causes to help alongside Compassionate Friends.

“I am now a trained therapist and Compassionate Friends volunteer.

“This is a cause for which I will always be involved, for other parents in my situation.

“The family would like to thank everyone involved again this year and we appreciate everyone’s support and