May 21 2013 Latest news:
Ian Weinfass, Senior reporter
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
A charity fundraiser who has been spurred on by the memory of his murdered son has been awarded a British Empire Medal.
Peter Barrell, formerly of Chadwell Heath, is the chairman of Romford-based SupportLine, a charity which provides emotional support to young people throughout the country.
While a policeman in 1991, Peter organised a charity football match between a Metrpolitan Police team and an ex-Arsenal side.
Tragically, three weeks before the match was due to take place his son Chris was murdered in a park in Chadwell Heath.
It was decided that an annual Chris Barrell Memorial Match would take place, and a Chris Barrell Memorial Trophy celebrity golf day, later became a regular event.
To date, they have raised more than £400,000 for various charities.
In 2001 Peter became chairman of SupportLine. The charity’s coordinator Geri Burnikell said: “We nominated Peter for an honour as we gave seen his dedication and hard work in raising funds for good causes, helped by his late wife Carol.
“Peter’s work has been invaluable in keeping many small charities running while honouring the memory of his beloved son Chris.”