Charity match for tragic brickie dad

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A charity football match is being held for a Chorley dad-of-two who collapsed and died while he worked as a bricklayer.

Paul Walsh, who would have been 45 today, died earlier this year at a building site in Essex after complaining of a headache.

A charity football tournament will be held at Chorley FC’s Victory Park on Monday in his memory.

His brother-in-law and childhood friend John Morris, 46, said his friends and family wanted to arrange a charity event to raise money for Derian House.

He said: “It would have been Paul’s birthday this week so we wanted to do something for that.

“It is such a terrible loss.

“The church was packed for Paul’s funeral which just showed what a popular guy he was and we raised £1200 for Derian House then, so we wanted to do more to raise money.”

Players from Paul and John’s former football team, The Black Boy, now the Moor Inn, will be coming together for a charity match, with lots of other friends, family, and his son Ryan.

The club will be open from 11am and the match kicks off at 12 noon. Entry will be £1 on the gate and there will also be stalls, a tombola, raffle, and penalty shoot-out.

“Paul hated attention so he would hate this!”, John joked. “We have had lots of interest already and we just want as many people to come along as possible.

“We will also have Morris Dancers from All Saints coming along.

“Paul loved football. He wasn’t tied to one particular team but he loved to watch it. He was a sound bloke, salt of the earth.

“We want to thank everyone for donating raffle prizes and for everyone at Chorley FC for helping us.” Trophies have also been donated by family.