Music fun in memory of rugby player

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Friends of a teenager who died suddenly after playing rugby are planning a night of music and fun to raise hundreds in his memory.

The teens are putting on the event, dubbed the Big Bazaar, this Saturday for the Smiles4Giles campaign in aid of Wessex Heartbeat.

Smiles4Giles was set up in tribute to 14-year-old Chris Giles who collapsed during a rugby training session in Fareham in October 2008. He died later at hospital as a result of a previously undetected heart defect.

Emma Hardiman has helped arrange event. Emma, from Locks Heath, said: 'I knew Chris through Scouts - we were in the same patrol, so I got to know him quite well.

'When Chris passed away it was a big event in my life as well and I felt I should do something to help.'

The 17-year-old started an online group about fundraising in Chris' memory and was overwhelmed by the response.

She added: 'When about 300 people joined in a day I thought we should do something big. I knew there was still a lot of feeling for Chris but I didn't know there would be so many people wanting to get involved.'

Co-organiser James Dennett, 18, said: 'We've never done anything like this before, but it would be nice to raise as much as possible. And if this goes well we are thinking about doing another event.'

Chris' family are also intending to join in the fun on the night.

His mum Julia Giles, of Brasenose Close, Titchfield Common, said: 'They've been really wonderful and have organised this all themselves. They came to us and asked if we minded them doing it.

'It's lovely that they have come up with the idea and want to do something for Chris' memory.

'We're all planning to be there - I'm going to be helping out with the raffle and Chris' two sisters will be there as well.'

There will be several live bands, raffles, quizzes and fete-style games at Sarisbury Green Community Centre, the Green, Sarisbury Green, from 5pm on Saturday. Tickets cost 1.50 for children and 2.50 for adults.