The organisers of a charity football match in memory of a much-loved father, husband and friend from Helston are asking members of the public for their help in finding a marquee for the event taking place in just two weeks.

Shaun Parker and Aiden Campbell have confirmed that the Richard ‘Wilkie’ Wilkinson 2nd Veterans Memorial Cup is set to take place for a second year following a successful first event in 2023.

The event this year will raise funds for charities picked by Wilkie’s family – the British Heart Foundation and Jay’s Aim.

The event is in memory of RNAS Culdrose Chief Petty Officer Richard ‘Wilkie’ Wilkinson who passed away unexpectedly in 2022 aged 48. 

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It will take place at the Bill Pearce Sports Pavilions on the Culdrose navy base, and in addition to the memorial match will include family activites including a climbing wall, bouncy castle and catering. 

However, Shaun, Aiden, and Wilkie’s family are desperately asking members of the public for their help to find a marquee big enough for the event in case of bad weather.

Shaun shared the following post on his social media asking for people’s help. It reads: “After being let down at short notice, we are desperately looking to hire a marquee.

“The success of our Annual Memorial Event hinges on us securing the use of a suitable marquee, 25th May in Helston Cornwall.

“I have emailed several companies and received zero responses, so I’ve turned to FB for some help!

“Please get in touch if you believe you can help. Many thanks in advance.”

Wilkie’s wife Sasha explained to the Packet what size of marquee would be suitable for the event. She said: “It needs to be big enough for a bar, band and people, in case of poor weather and for the evening."

Sasha also said that members of the family will be getting involved and praised Shaun and Aiden for their support.

She added: “Shaun and Aiden have done so much to make this happen. Lots of Wilkie’s family are coming down, including his sister and family over from Spain.

“Our son Niall is playing in the memorial game, along with Wilkie’s brother Chris. Our daughter Taygen is here from New Zealand. Wilkie’s brother Chris and his daughter Katie are also doing an acoustic set. So, lots of family and friends are involved.”

To find out more about the event or if are able to help provide a marquee, or know anyone who may be able to, contact Shaun Parker or Aiden Campbell on Facebook.