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Former Rovers Chairman Geoff Dunford dies

Former Bristol Rovers Chairman Geoff Dunford. Credit: Bristol Rovers

Former Bristol Rovers Chairman Geoff Dunford has died at the age of 66.

The club has paid tribute to Geoff this morning, crediting him and his father Denis with keeping them going in the mid-eighties. They said "He will always be remembered for the major role he played in the history of our club."

His family have issued the following statement:

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Geoff Dunford on the morning of Saturday 21st October 2017 at 66 years of age.

"Geoff quietly and peacefully passed away at home with his wife Sharon, sons Peter and Matthew and step-daughters Jessica, Esther and Kathryn at his side.

"Geoff had very bravely battled a long-term illness and throughout displayed great courage, humour, strength and faith.

"Geoff was well known as a prominent businessman in the west country, for his involvement on the board of Bristol Rovers F.C. and for the various charity and community projects he supported throughout Bristol.

"At home, he worked just as tirelessly as a husband, father and most recently a grandfather. He will be greatly missed by us all.

"We ask for family privacy at this time and details of his funeral will be announced in due course.

– Geoff Dunford's family

Pride of Britain West Country Winner - John Wilkins

All week we've been hearing the incredible stories of our Pride of Britain finalists, who've been nominated in the regional fundraiser of the year category.

We asked for your nominations for people in our region that go the extra mile to help others and raise money for charity.

This year's winner is former paratrooper John Wilkins who has raised £300,000 for good causes through his love of skydiving.

He'll be heading to the glitzy Daily Mirror Pride of Britain awards later this month. Take a look at the moment he found out below:

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