Ipswich: Friends of marine Aaron ‘Tiny’ Winter in world record game playing attempt in his memory

Colour Sergeant Aaron 'Tiny' Winter

Colour Sergeant Aaron 'Tiny' Winter - Credit: Archant

Friends of a Royal Marine from Suffolk who died suddenly in December are attempting to break a world record as a way of raising money in his memory.

Aaron Winter with his friends

Aaron Winter with his friends - Credit: Archant

Aaron Winter, nicknamed ‘Tiny’ for his 6’7” stature, collapsed in the gym at Norton Manor Camp in Taunton, Somerset in December 6. He was declared dead at Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton, aged just 39.

Tributes immediately poured in for the “passionate, morally upstanding and straight-talking marine”, who was born in Bury St Edmunds in July 1974 and spent his early years at Dairy Farm in Badwell Ash.

Now Jon Garnham, one of Aaron’s best friends and executor of his will, is bringing together as many people as possible to play Spoof, also known as Three Coin, at one time.

The coin game was one of Aaron’s favourites and he taught it to his friends as a drinking game, however no alcohol will be consumed during the world record attempt.

The game sees three players with three coins concealed in their fist, players have to guess how many coins will be produced out of a maximum of nine.

“We obviously knew Aaron for a long time and it was a game that he taught us about 20 years ago,” said Jon.

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“When he died I was trying to think how best to remember him and it seemed like a good idea. I thought it would be a great way to remember him.”

He added: “Aaron would be smiling when we do it and we’ll raise a glass to him definitely. He taught us the game and loved the game.”

The event is set to take place on July 6 at Isaacs on the Quay in Ipswich, where Aaron and his friends would often meet.

In order to achieve the world record at least 250 people need to take part in the game, but Jon is hoping for at least 300.

The money raised from the event will go to Help for Heroes. You can register for the event online at: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/GuinnessWorldRecord.