Charlton fans fundraise for permanent memorial for Seb Lewis, fan who saw 1,076 consecutive games only to be felled by Covid-19

Fans are fundraising for a mosaic memorial to one of Charlton’s most dedicated, loyal and popular supporters, Seb Lewis, who died a year ago at the age of just 38.

Plans are now in place for a mosaic depicting Seb to be placed alongside other club legends on the exterior of the West Stand.

Charlton supporter Brogue Stevens began a fundraising campaign to raise money for a suitable memorial after Seb passed away on March 25, 2020.

A total of £10,500 was raised.

Together with club staff and the Charlton Athletic Supporters Trust (CAST), a decision was made for the mosaic to be commissioned, with the blessing of Seb’s family.

A statement from CAST said: “The original aspiration was to commission a statue but if sufficient funds weren’t raised, donations would be used to remember Seb.

“We approached Brogue last month to find out whether we could be of any assistance in bringing the project to fruition. We agreed with Brogue that it was important that it remained a fan-led initiative.

“The cost of a statue was going to be prohibitive.

“We have therefore looked at alternatives which would provide a fitting memorial which does justice to Seb. Working with Brogue, club staff and chaplain Matt Baker (and in consultation with Seb’s family) we have decided on a mosaic which will be sited on the blank exit gate wall opposite Don Welsh holding the FA Cup. The memorial will thus be clearly visible to everyone visiting The Valley. Thomas Sandgaard has given his approval for the site and his support for the mosaic.

“The artist has already demonstrated his feel for and understanding of the brief by submitting some imaginative design ideas. In addition, he has undertaken to bring the unfinished mosaic to the stadium for a workshop so that friends and family can actually contribute to its creation.

“We hope that all Charlton supporters will see a mosaic as being an enduring and inspiring memorial to Seb.”

A statement from Charlton after Seb’s death said: “Seb was the heart and soul of the Charlton family and was so proud of his achievement of attending every single game, home and away since February 1998. His record stands at 1,076 consecutive fixtures.

“Thank you Seb for your loyalty and dedication to Charlton. The Valley and every away end up and down the country will never be the same without you.”

Another £5,200 will need to be raised for the mosaic. Donate here: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/seb-memorial

 


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