Friends of a beloved Doncaster man, who died after collapsing from a heart attack during a football match, are hoping to raise thousands for his young family.
Father-of-one Richard Hawcroft, who played for FC Real Bridge, died on July 26 after falling ill during a pre-season friendly game between Real Bridge and Balby Rovers.
Mr Hawcroft, who previously played for FC Wadworth and trained with Scunthorpe United, collapsed during the match on last month at Balby Community Sports Village, Springwell Lane.
Mr Hawcroft, who who ran a physiotherapy and sports injury clinic on Balby Road was attended to at the scene by paramedics and taken to Northern General Hospital, Herries Road, Sheffield, where he died.
And now, a number of the 31-year-old’s friends are working together to help raise a minimum of £4,000 for Richard’s wife, Louise, and daughter, Brooke.
Friend of the family, Robert Wales, says they hope to help Richard’s family gain some ‘financial stability’ through their fundraising efforts.
“We want them to get through this financial hardship,” said Robert, of The Potteries, Rossington.
The 36-year-old continued: “They’ve lost their main wage earner, so we want to help them get through this in whatever way we can.
“They didn’t have life insurance so they don’t have that security to fall back on.
“Everyone is different, but after this happening it makes you think that having life insurance or some sort of safety net might be a good idea.
“We want to try and raise as much awareness and get as much as help for the family in a short time.”
Mr Wales has set up a Crowdfunding page in aid of the family with a target of £4,000 although he hopes generous donations from people across the borough will help him to raise ‘far more’ than that.
A total of £2,020 has been raised so far, on the fundraising page so far, and to make a donation please visit: https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/rob-wales
A charity race night and auction has also been organised in aid of the family.
The event will take place at Graceholme Working Mens’ club in Edlington lane, Edlington from 7pm on Sunday, August 30.
Tickets for the event cost £20 and can be purchased from Balby Bridge Social Club.