Football tribute for heart attack victim
THE children of a man who died of a heart attack have taken part in a fund-raising football tournament in his honour.
Matthew and Chris Roots played in the event organised by workmates of their father, Richard Roots.
Matthew, 14, and Chris, 19, took part in the eight-team six-a-side tournament at The Towers School, Kennington.
Mr Roots’ widow, Jackie, and daugh- ter, Samantha, 22, were among the spectators.
Mr Roots’ colleague, Paul Bailey, said: “Richard always enjoyed football and he was an avid Chelsea fan.
“We thought that this would be a nice gesture for him and it was nice that his sons played too.”
The tournament raised a total £1,932 for the William Harvey Hospital’s cardiac care unit.
The cheque was presented at the centre to Sue Heritage, secretary of the League of Friends of William Harvey Hospital.
The presentation was attended by Mrs Roots.
Mr Roots, of Steeds Lane, Kingsnorth, died suddenly on March 11, aged 49.
The tournament took place on June 7 and was organised by Mr Roots’ works gang at the Network Rail depot in Newtown Road, Ashford.
Works gang members who organised the event were Mr Bailey, Mick Howarth, Shaun Hawkins, Eddie Bryant, Matthew Luckhurst, Mick Wood and Phil Roots (no relation to Richard).