POPULAR Liss Forest man Roger Tallon is to be remembered a year after his death by his daughter Katie, who has planned a fundraising run in his memory. Katie hopes to raise money for a memorial bench to commemorate her father by completing a 10-and- a-half mile run from her home in Liss Forest to Petersfield Heath and back. Mr Tallon would have been 63 this year, but died from an asbestos-related disease last November. He was perhaps best known for his work organising the Rotunda Arts Project, which continues to run successfully in the town, as well as many other pursuits in the arts. Katie, 18, said: "His enthusiasm and devotion to create an arts-based community centre in the (former) Henry Willis organ factory in Rushes Road crumbled when it was planned to be knocked down for housing development. "This didn't end Roger's passion for doing things for the community. In fact, he was able to continue his organisation with other members of the Rotunda Arts Project and hold events in the summer such as the sound event, a pavement art competition, and an art exhibition. "He even published a book called Zeppelins and Stilettos, in which a number of past stories have been written by the elderly." Katie is currently training for the run, which takes place on April 28 – the international workers' memorial day. She said: "This gives me plenty of time to train, as I don't really do much exercise, so training is really important. We all miss my dad so much, and I just wanted to do something that will make everybody remember what a brilliant man he was. "I'm currently looking into getting permission to put a bench on The Heath for him." Anyone wishing to sponsor Katie can contact her on 01730 894150 or online at http://www.justgiving.com/">www.justgiving.com/ katietallon. All proceeds go straight to the Farnham-based Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice.
Katie to run in dad's memory
Friday 16th November 2007 12:00 am
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