The daughter of Peter Rippington, the teacher who died in a coach crash in France in February, has spoken to Central Tonight ahead of a charity fundraiser being held in his memory.
Amy Rippington along with her mum Sharon and her brother Max, decided to organise the charity football match to help celebrate her father’s life.
Amy told Central Tonight why the event is so important to her family.
– Amy Rippington, daughter of Peter Rippington
“Dad would have hated to see us depressed. He loved life and lived it to the full.
That’s why we wanted to organise this event. He loved football and he loved making people smile."
Since Dad died we have not only been trying to come to terms with his death but also to celebrate his life.
Not only was he a dedicated and inspirational teacher, he was also a wonderful father and husband.”
Mr Rippington was killed in a coach crash in February as he led a school trip back from a ski trip in Italy.
The charity event is on Friday night at Alvechurch Football Club, where Peter Rippington used to referee.
Amy and Max Rippington will captain the two football teams, which will be made up of their father’s friends and family.
The family also wanted to hold the event to thank the community for the “incredible” support they have received since the school teacher died.
At the start of the match there will be a one minute’s applause in memory of Mr Rippington. The match will kick off at 7pm with an entry fee of £2 per person.
All proceeds will go towards Mr Rippington’s Memorial Fund.