Marathon effort for Paul
FUND-RAISING for research into the condition that claimed the life of a talented soccer player has been continued by the footballing community. Paul Sykes collapsed and died during a match, while playing for Folkestone Invicta in April 2005. It was later discovered he had a heart defect. Paul, who was 28, left a wife, Carly and young son, Thomas. Last year his brothers, Peter and Patrick, ran the London Marathon in aid of the charity CRY – Cardiac Risk in the Young.
The charity supported the Sykes family and arranged for them to be tested for possible heart problems. On the second anniversary of Paul’s death, Mark Jones a fan of Dover Athletic, the team Paul had previously played for, tackled the London Marathon for CRY in memory of Paul and also of his brother Kevin, who died of a heart attack. Mr Jones raised £1,637, against a target of £1,500 and completed the marathon in just over four hours. Peter Sykes said: “We are amazed and so grateful that people have chosen to continue raising funds for CRY, which has been so helpful and supportive to us. It reminds us how well-loved Paul was.”
Paul Sykes, who collapsed and died from a heart attack, while playing for Folkestone Invicta