A memorial football match at Alton FC, supported by Howden Insurance, aims to support crucial research and provide medical equipment to prevent premature sudden arrhythmic death.

On May 12 family and friends will gather at Alton’s Exclusive Network Stadium to honour lifelong football fan Steve Brown, who died unexpectedly in December.

His loved ones hope to raise more than £2,500 for SADS UK, with 30 people playing in a tribute match. There will be a raffle and refreshments by Owen’s Gourmet.

Steve’s son James, a commercial account executive at Howden Alton, said: “While my dad had experienced some heart issues, it was a shock to lose him when we did.

“We all miss him terribly, but as a family we always try to focus on the positive, and have a tradition of doing something for charity whenever a loved one dies.

“My dad loved football; he was a huge Liverpool fan, he coached local teams, and we went to watch games whenever we could. Some of my favourite memories of us together are following our home team in Woking over the years.

“I can think of no better way to honour my dad’s memory than myself, old team-mates and our family and friends getting together to raise funds in his honour.”

SADS UK provides medical information on Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome and works to research conditions causing SADS, provide counselling for families impacted, increase access to defibrillators and teach people CPR and how to use a defibrillator.

Alton chairman Carl Saunders said: “We’re very proud to host Steve’s memorial match, and we're truly honoured to be a part of such a meaningful cause. It's amazing to see the community come together to support SADS research and raise awareness through football.”

For more details ring Howden Alton on 01420 543543.