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Match to be played in memory of stalwart whose Reliant Robin became charity vehicle

PUBLISHED: 12:47 15 April 2019 | UPDATED: 12:47 15 April 2019

Ernest John Whiting's old Reliant Robin has become synonymous with the fundraising efforts of Lauren Lou, run by Gary Bennett. Picture: Lauren Lou

Ernest John Whiting's old Reliant Robin has become synonymous with the fundraising efforts of Lauren Lou, run by Gary Bennett. Picture: Lauren Lou

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An annual football match will take place in memory of a community stalwart whose three-wheeled car became a dedicated charity vehicle.

Ernest John Whiting's old Reliant Robin has become synonymous with the fundraising efforts of Lauren Lou, run by Gary Bennett. Picture: Nick ButcherErnest John Whiting's old Reliant Robin has become synonymous with the fundraising efforts of Lauren Lou, run by Gary Bennett. Picture: Nick Butcher

Bungay Town Veterans will take on a Norfolk and Suffolk Veterans' Football League select squad to remember Ernest John Whiting, who once owned a Reliant Robin that has become synonymous with the fundraising efforts of Lauren Lou, run by Gary Bennett.

As Mr Whiting battled cancer he became too ill to drive and pledged to give his own Robin to Mr Bennett's daughter, Lauren. Mr Whiting sadly died just a few weeks after the car was delivered to Lauren.

It was then that Mr Bennett came up with the idea of revamping the three-wheeler to become a charity vehicle and it was dedicated to the memory of Mr Whiting.

The distinctive bright pink car has been used ever since by Lauren Lou to raise funds for Cancer Research UK, continuing at this week's charity match to be played on Good Friday.

Deborah Adams, Cancer Research UK's local fundraising manager, will present the trophy and hand out medals to both teams following the event, which will take place at Bungay Town FC between 11am and 2pm.

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