Charity challenge in memory of Worthing crane fall man

Lee Rainford, who died in an accident falling from a crane in Worthing in July
Lee Rainford, who died in an accident falling from a crane in Worthing in July

A SPECIAL charity challenge between Worthing and Brighton piers is being taken on by three friends in memory of a popular Worthing man who died in after falling from a crane.

Lee Rainford, 43, had lost his life on July 29 in what was described at an inquest held last month as a tragic accident on a building site in Marine Parade.

There were no witnesses to his death, but he was believed to have been sleeping rough at the location after giving up his tenancy in Worthing.

His friend, Dave King described him as an extremely likable character, who despite being troubled by his own health problems, was always selfless in his support of community initiatives and charity works.

“We only realised Lee had died about a week and a half ago and we were not able to go to any funeral service. So we thought that we wanted to do something in memory of him,” said the 36 year-old, who is set to be joined by Worthing Baptist Church deacon Ant Duffield, 36 and Rob Finney, 28.

The trio will walk between Worthing pier and Brighton Palace pier on Saturday, October 13, with funds raised going towards Link Romania and Guild Care charity for the elderly.

Mr King added: “I thought we’d call this the pier pressure challenge as a play on words. It’s something that Lee always joked about that he was under peer pressure to do things, so we thought that we would do this in aid of a cause that was close to him.

“Lee did a lot of voluntary work including driving for Guild Care and also helpedwith the Link Romania shoe box deliveries. He was very much a people person.

“He’d had his health issues with drink, but he did not take drugs and he seemed in positive spirits the last time that I saw him. He used to do quite a lot of running, was often out on his bike and played cricket in Worthing as well.

“It’s really hard to get across just how much he meant to everyone at Worthing Baptist Church -– everyone was in such shock when they heard about Lee.

In doing the walk we just wanted to try and do something positive out of this tragedy.”