Fund is launched to help fam­ily of tragic sports­man

Llanelli Star - - LETTERS - Ian Lewis @IanLewis80 [email protected]­line.co.uk 07790 591150

A FUND has been set up to help the fam­ily of a tal­ented Car­marthen sports­man who died sud­denly.

Twenty- eight- year- old Paul Rees passed away on Sun­day, March 24 at the town’s Glang­wili Hospi­tal.

Now friend Chris Phillips has launched a GoFundMe page to help Paul’s part­ner Amy and two chil­dren Riley Jay, aged six and 18 month-old Daisy Joy.

The on­line fund has al­ready seen al­most £1,400 raised in a mat­ter of days.

Chris, aged 35, who knew Paul through play­ing rugby with him, said he wanted to try to help the fam­ily as much as pos­si­ble and has been taken aback at how much peo­ple have given so far.

He said: “I set up the fund in or­der to try to help Paul’s part­ner Amy and two beau­ti­ful lit­tle chil­dren.

“Paul was taken from his fam­ily and friends way too soon.

“Any­one who knew Paul would know he was one of the nicest guys you could ever meet.

“He was full of heart and smiles who would do any­thing for any­one. He was al­ways the life and soul. The aw­ful news has hit the com­mu­nity bad, which shows how well loved Paul was.”

Three days be­fore pass­ing away, Paul had been taken to the hospi­tal af­ter in­jur­ing him­self while us­ing a loft ladder at a new home he was about to move into in the town.

He was dis­charged but died at the hospi­tal when he re­turned in pain on the Sun­day.

Chris, who lives in John­stown, added: “It just makes you think, he had just bought a house and of course ev­ery­one’s thoughts are with the fam­ily.

“If this fund can go some way in help­ing them over the com­ing weeks and months then it is some­thing.”

Paul was an avid sports player and was a tal­ent in both foot­ball and rugby teams lo­cally and in the Gwendraeth Val­ley and Llanelli.

As cap­tain, he led FC Car­marthen in Divi­sion 2 of the Car­marthen­shire League and had played rugby at ju­nior, youth and se­nior level with Car­marthen Ath­letic RFC, as well as stints with Scar­lets youth, Car­marthen Quins RFC and Myny­d­dy­gar­reg RFC.

He worked as a grounds keeper at the Univer­sity of Wales Trin­ity Saint David in Car­marthen and other cam­puses and was a for­mer pupil of Maridunum school and St Mary’s pri­mary in Car­marthen.

At the week­end, FC Car­marthen held a minute’s si­lence and minute’s ap­plause ahead of Satur­day’s cup semi-fi­nal at Graig Cam­pus in Llanelli, when his No. 6 shirt was re­tired.

An in­quest into his death is set to be held over com­ing months.

The GoFundMe page can be found by go­ing to www. gofundme.com and search­ing for ‘Fund for Paul Rees’ Part­ner & Chil­dren’.

FC Car­marthen cap­tain Paul Rees, who died aged 28, with his part­ner Amy Skin­ner and chil­dren Riley Jay and Daisy Joy.

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