Tragic father inspires family

Mark Duxbury

Mark Duxbury

The family of a man who died in his son’s arms after watching him play football has donated sports equipment to a school in his memory.

Mark Duxbury was 49 when he died in April this year.

He had been watching his son Adam, 18, play football in Lostock Hall when he fell ill.

He collapsed in Adam’s arms and died.

His devastated family was overwhelmed after receiving £1,200 in donations from grieving friends and family.

And now they have used £1,000 to buy a stepping machine for Sir Tom Finney High School and 
new football tops for the children.

A further £200 is being donated to the Acorn School next door.

The family had no previous connection with the school but looked into where to donate the money and thought the idea was a fitting tribute.

Mark’s widow Sharon, 49 and the couple’s children Adam Kelly and Lisa and his dad Stan visited the school to hand over the new equipment.

The visit to the school was the day after what would have been Mark’s 50th birthday.

Sharon said: “We decided to do this because Mark was a sportsman and we wanted to do something where we knew the money was put to good use.

“They were really pleased.

“To see their faces when we gave it to them was so nice. It was the perfect end to his birthday.

“It was sad but it was nice because we saw how much those children appreciated what they had got.”

Mark worked at Ribblesdale Auto Electrics, a job he had since he left school.

He went to St Gregory’s School and then to Thomas Moore High School which later became Corpus Christi.

Mark was a keen sportsman who was well known in the Sunday football league.

Friends of Mark’s from St Gregory’s Bowling Club held a memoriam event earlier in the year which they hope to continue and a football tournament in his memory is also being organised by friends from the club.




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