Heartfelt tributes have been paid to a Barnburgh man who tragically died at the age of 31 in a railway incident in February.
Andrew Sneddon was killed after being struck by a train at Arksey on February 1 and his good friend Dmitry Fedotov and friends and family have organised a football marathon on June 11 at Goals football arena in Wheatley, to raise funds for the Doncaster branch of Samaritans.
Both Dmitry and Andrew’s family have paid tribute to “a good friend” and “much loved family member”.
Andrew’s sister, Kate Jones, from Barnburgh, said: “A huge thank you to all of Andrew’s amazing friends and to the wonderful family members that continue to support us through this incredibly difficult time.
“The amount of time and effort that has gone into making this event a success is a reflection of not only how many people love and miss Andrew, but also demonstrates the kindness and support in this community.”
She added: “The incredible work offered by the Samaritans needs acknowledgement and we hope that the money donated from this event can make a difference. If there’s one message that this project sends out it’s that ‘it’s OK not to be OK’.”
Dmitry added: “Andrew’s popularity was demonstrated by the overspill of attendance at the church during his funeral.
“The overwhelming amount of positive comments and tributes paid to Andrew, all unequivocal and unanimous, was that he was a true gentleman and one of the nicest guys we’ve ever known.
“The football marathon idea came about when I thought about the last time I saw him – this was at an all-day sports event back in autumn 2016, when we played football, table tennis, bowling and poker for 12 hours.
“We are now looking for volunteer referees for the day.”
For more and to volunteer as a referee call Goals Doncaster on 01302 965220. To donate visit Andrew Sneddon Football Marathon JustGiving Page site.