Rail staff line up for match in rail worker’s memory
Railway workers and engineers played a charity football game in memory of a colleague who died from a heart condition earlier this year.
Kevin Herron worked for Southeastern as an engineer for 11 years, looking after sections of the line around Ramsgate.
Sadly the 47-year-old, from Ashford, died in March, prompting friends and colleagues to organise an event in his memory.
Southeastern engineering apprentice Jonathan Moore organised a charity football match at Ashford United’s Homelands stadium between staff working on the mainline and staff on the metro London lines.
Mr Moore said: “The match was fantastic. It was a hard fought contest, with the Metro team leading 4-1 at half-time.
“A few changes in the line-up saw Mainline score three goals before the final whistle, ending the game 4-4.
“It was decided that as Kevin worked with all of the players, that the match was to remain a draw with no outright winner,” he added.
The match raised £265, which is to be split between Help for Heroes and the British Heart Foundation.
Mr Moore said: “It was massively important to hold the event in memory of Kevin, as he was a much loved colleague who was an avid supporter of Help for Heroes.
“He also managed a local football team, which meant that a football match in his honour was a perfect way of showing our appreciation.”
For more information about the British Heart Foundation visit www.bhf.org.uk and for more information about Help for Heroes visit www.helpforheroes. org.uk
Mainline, in yellow, and Metro Slade before the charity match in memory of Kevin Herron, who died from a heart condition in March, aged 47
Metro Slade, in stripes, went in 4-1 up at half time before Mainline scored three late goals to grab a hard-fought draw