Marathon ef­fort for Paul

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - SOUNDS GOOD -

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.

Sec­ond an­niver­sary

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

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