2:00pm Wednesday 27th February 2013
By Julie Magee
THE memory of a popular young father who died suddenly last autumn lived on during a fundraising event for his daughter.
Asthmatic Allan Roushas-Lee, 34, was a support worker to boys with Asperger’s Syndrome at Southlands School near Lymington.
He collapsed at his Bournemouth home on October 27, after returning from a shift at Skirmish paintballing centre near Bere Regis.
Allan’s wife Charlotte, 32, was in the bath with the couple’s 19-month-old daughter Evangeline when tragedy struck.
The paintballing centre, where Allan worked with his identical twin Clinton and their younger brother Matt, provided the setting for a memorial day.
Ninety-six family and friends turned out to play in a new game zone dedicated to Allan’s memory with profits from the sale of paintballs going to Evangeline.
Owner Rusty Rusbridge said: “Everyone had a great time.
“The event went really well with all ages taking part, from 11-year-olds. We’d known Allan for a long time and his memory lives on here.”
Matt said: “We raised £2,724 for Evangeline and my uncle, Phillip Lee and his partner Alan Morgan donated a further £500.
“The day ran smoothly, thanks to the marshals and my fiancée Terri.
“We’d like to thank everyone involved and are planning another memorial day on Sunday, November 3.
“A huge thank-you to Rusty and the girls who helped out with the catering.”
Charlotte and Allan set up home in Southbourne after tying the knot at Highcliffe Castle in 2008.
Despite suffering bouts of asthma, Allan did not let the illness hold him back.
Heartbroken Charlotte told the Daily Echo: “All Allan wanted in life was to have children.
“When Evangeline came along he was absolutely besotted with her.”
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