A FUNDRAISING event has been organised in memory of a ‘joker’ of a father from Basingstoke.

Dale Chamberlain, the son of Peter Chamberlain, a Basingstoke resident for more than 30 years, has organised a day of family fun to remember his late father.

Peter died last July aged 59 from a sudden heart-related condition, after experiencing an increased heartrate.

As a result of this, Dale has decided the event would be in aid of the British Heart Foundation.

Dale said: “It seemed like the obvious choice, given the fact that dad had problems with his heart.

“It was really unexpected and quite a shock when he passed away, we knew he had a heart condition, but he died very suddenly.

“Naturally, it felt right to pick a cause like the British Heart Foundation to help anyone else who might be in a similar situation.”

Dale felt that now would be the right time to help remember his father, while raising funds and awareness of the charity.

Dale added: “It seemed like the right way to remember dad, especially as it's just about a year on from his death.

“The rest of the family were on board straight away, and we’ve had some help from businesses in the area as well, who have been helping with prizes and other areas, which is fantastic.”

The charity fun day, which will be taking place at the Scout Hall in Hanmore Road, Chineham on Saturday from noon with regular fair activities available, but with a few more additions.

There will be a barbecue, raffle, tombola, cake sale and a performance of live music from the Osprey Retro Roadshow.

The event was designed specifically with Peter in mind, due to his fun-loving personality.

Dale said: “Dad was a really big character, and lived for more than 30 years in Basingstoke.

“He worked in care homes throughout the area, but was most well known in Winklebury.

“He was always a bit of a joker, and played practical jokes on everybody, he was always laughing and was just a very happy person.

“So it seemed really fitting to have an event where people could come and have fun.

“I’m looking forward to seeing everybody there, and there is something fun for everyone, so come down and have fun.”

The event has been officially recognised by the British Heart Foundation, and any money made by the event will go directly to the charity.