Charity dinner in memory of beloved Jason

RTA  02/09/11 (JT)''Jason Matthews pictured in Egypt. He was killed when a car he was travelling in hit a tree on West Lane, Hayling Island.'Pictures: Ian Hargreaves  (113124-1)
RTA 02/09/11 (JT)''Jason Matthews pictured in Egypt. He was killed when a car he was travelling in hit a tree on West Lane, Hayling Island.'Pictures: Ian Hargreaves (113124-1)
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HE HOPED to save lives at sea by joining Hayling RNLI.

But just a week after visiting the lifeboat station to show his interest, Jason Matthews’ life was tragically cut short when he died in a car crash.

Now, in a touching gesture of goodwill, the 22-year-old’s family are holding a charity dinner to help raise funds for the lifesavers.

Jason’s brother Scott Matthews, 25, who runs Relentless Steak and Lobster House in Elm Grove, Southsea, has organised the event, to take place at 7pm on Monday.

There are 100 places for a three-course dinner – with every penny going to the RNLI.

Scott, who lives in Portsea, said: ‘Everyone came to the funeral and we have not really seen anyone since then.

‘It’s a good thing to get everyone round and raise some money at the same time.

‘Basically it’s all for charity – it’s not like we are just giving 10 per cent to charity.

‘We want to say thank you to the RNLI for their support. There’s quite a big fishing community in this area.’

As reported in The News, Jason, a fisherman of Haslemere Gardens, Hayling, and his pal Perry Morgan, 21, from Cowplain, died when their car overturned and hit a tree in West Lane, Hayling, on September 1.

Scott said: ‘Jason was always helping his mates out. Now, in his name, we are helping the RNLI and that money could help save someone’s life.

‘Even if it just covers fuel in their engines, it’s keeping them going.’

Tickets are £27.50 and include a drink. There is also going to be an auction. Anyone interested can call (023) 9282 2888.