Trust set up in memory of enthusiastic traveller

A FAMILY has spoken this week about the tragic loss of their son.

Chris Shoesmith, 24, known as Shoey, drowned on June 27 whilst travelling abroad in Laos in South East Asia, a part of the world he had grown to love.

A service at St John’s Church, Knaresborough, on Friday, August 12 at 11.30am will celebrate Chris’s life. His family is also planning to set up a foundation trust in his memory to help people backpacking in Asia and, in time, to expand globally.

Speaking this week, Chris’s mother, May, said: “On Monday, June 27, Chris sadly became a free spirit. We are inviting everyone who knew him to attend the church service and we are asking that nobody wears black as we are celebrating Chris’s life.

“Everyone is also welcome to come to the celebration which will be held at Knaresborough Town Football Club after a private funeral for Chris’s family and his close friends.

“Any donations are welcome and will go towards The Chris Shoesmith Global Foundation, a new charity which is being set up in Chris’s memory and will be run by myself and his brother, Andy.”

A former pupil at King James’s School, he went into retail management at Matalan in Knaresborough, going on to also manage at York, Bradford and Leeds during more than eight years with the company.

A keen footballer and coach, Chris played for Knaresborough Town, Knaresborough Rangers and Harrogate Hornets. He was a junior footballer with Leeds United and followed the team throughout his life. He was also a black belt in karate and loved music.

A book of condolences has been set up and will be available to sign at Knaresborough Town on August 12 between 1.30pm and 6pm and at the Crown Hotel, Harrogate from 7.30pm till late.