Friends and family hold fundraising event in tribute to crushed worker

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FRIENDS and family of a Sheffield man crushed to death at work have organised a family fun day in his memory - to mark the first anniversary of the tragedy.

Dave Roberts, aged 26, from Fox Hill, was working at Forgemasters on Brightside Lane last June when a steel cast became dislodged from an overhead crane and crashed to the ground.

To remember the “larger than life” son, brother and friend, a fun day is to be held at the Jubilee Club on Claywheels Lane where members of the two football teams he used to play for - the Pheasant Inn and Jubilee Sports - will take part in a charity match.

Other activities organised for the day include circus skills workshops, a Territorial Army climbing wall, face painting, five-a-side football with Sheffield Wednesday representatives and displays by the Fire Service and Bendan Ingle’s boxers.

The event on Sunday, May 29, kicks off at 10am with the charity match. The rest of the activities and entertainment are due to start at midday.

A charity auction is also planned, where a signed Sheffield Wednesday shirt and football, match tickets, a snooker cue signed by the world’s top players, a cricket bat signed by Kevin Pietersen and boxing gloves signed by David Haye are up for grabs.

All proceeds raised on the day will be donated to Hallam FM’s Cash for Kids appeal.

Dave’s family and friends said he was “a natural” with children and always made time for them.

Pal Rob Lawson said: “A few of his friends along with his mum, dad and brother decided that it would be fitting to organise a big event to remember him by.

“Those who knew Dave were aware of how fond he was of kids and was always the first to offer some entertainment and spend time clowning around. It is perfect that any money raised should go to a children’s charity.

“Dave was a larger than life character who made bad times good and good times great. He is sadly missed by all.”

To donate cash or a raffle prize call Steve on 07766 554151 or send an email to simo1976@hotmail.co.uk.