Foot­ball trib­ute for heart at­tack vic­tim

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - School Report - by Sam Len­non slen­non@thek­m­group.co.uk

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).

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