FUNDRAISING friends of a much-missed Chester sportsman are looking to raise thousands of pounds in aid of a cancer charity.

A quiz night held at Aldford Village Hall raised more than £3,000 in memory of 27-year-old Tom Arnold, who died last year of oesophageal cancer.

His family have set up a £25,000 target for research facilities into oesophageal cancer, which normally affects men aged over 60, at the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre.

Tom’s mum Jane Arnold said the quiz night had proved very popular.

She said: “We had a huge turnout. The quiz night was organised by a close friend of Tom’s, Jenni Symons, while Ed Warrington was the quizmaster. It raised £2,447, which, with Gift Aid, means the total has gone past £3,000.

“The Grosvenor Arms offered a ticket for two for a meal with champagne, Beeston Castle offered a meal for two, there was a case of wine, a flight in a light aircraft and tickets for Chester FC.”

Now players at Dee Rangers Football Club are looking to hit the heights with their Trek 4 Tom later this year.

Squad members at the club, where Tom had been a defender, club secretary and treasurer, will tackle the Three Peaks Challenge, which involves going up Ben Nevis, Snowdon and Scafell Pike in the space of 24 hours.

Dee Rangers veteran team member Andy Bennion said: “This has been organised by Gareth Edwards and we will be doing this on October 24.

“Tom played up to the age of 25 and not many have been treasurer and secretary of the club by that age. This challenge is exactly the sort of thing Tom would have wanted to do.”

TO DONATE to the Trek 4 Tom challenge, visit Dee Rangers FC’s Justgiving page at