Brother holds fundraiser to mark a decade since the death of Chipping Sodbury barman Ryan Saunders
A FUNDRAISING event in memory of a popular Chipping Sodbury barman is being organised by his brother next week.
Ryan Saunders was just 19 when he died in an accident on the M5 motorway a decade ago.
The former Chipping Sodbury School student, worked at The Squire Inn in Broad Street, has been described as ‘full of life’ and a ‘kind an caring’ man.
Now, 10 years on from the tragedy, Ryan’s brother Gary is holding a fun day and golf competition to raise money for two charities which help children.
Gary, of Bradley Stoke, was only 16 at the time of the accident.
He said: "Ryan was full of life. He lived for every day, he didn’t have a bad word to say about anyone and people who knew him would say what a kind, thoughtful, caring guy he was."
Gary, 26, said he hadn’t raised money in his brother’s memory until now but felt the 10-year anniversary was a fitting occasion.
"The day takes place on Sunday, August 11 which will be 10 years to the day since he died," said the father-of-one. "The two charities I'm raising money for are Winston’s Wish, which is for people that are bereaved of a close relative or friend, and Dreams which is for terminally ill children aged two to 21 to help give them and families that something special.
"Ryan loved kids so I wanted the money to go to children’s charities."
The event takes place at Woodlands Golf Club, in Bradley Stoke, commencing with a golf competition at 10am. From 4pm, there will be an auction, raffle and the bar will be open plus treatments from The Body Shop will be on offer. Prizes have been donated by local companies including Chipping Sodbury Golf Club, The Squire Inn and Tesco.
Added Gary: "Anybody is welcome and it would be good to see some old school friends and anyone who remembers Ryan."
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