THE memory of a much-loved Tarvin man lives on, a decade after his death from leukaemia.
Friends and family of Tarvin football coach Steve Plank, are doing a series of charity fundraising events to remember a ‘gentle giant’ who lost his battle with the disease in 2001, aged 38.
Steve’s wife Sandra, 46, of Hallfields Road, and children Vickie, 22 and Robbie, 14, are teaming up with his good friend Steve Parker, 48, to raise money for The Anthony Nolan Trust, which helps leukaemia sufferers find potentially life saving treatment.
Over the next few months, they will take part in a 170 mile bike ride, a village walk and a football fun day where Robbie’s U14 team will play Steve and his friends.
Sandra who will be on the sidelines at the match on May 2 selling refreshments, said her husband would be delighted his loved ones were getting together:
“Steve was such a giving person who always supported charities - he’d be so proud of us,” she added.
“He was passionate about football and played it up until his death.”
And Steve Parker, of Field Lane, thinks a 10 year anniversary is the right time to honour the memory of his much missed friend: “I spoke to Sandra about what we could do and we thought these fundraising events would be a nice way for us to all get together,” he said.
“Steve was a happy and friendly person who did lots for the local community and football club. He was very active and giving – a good person to be around. He was a gentle giant really.”
Sandra, who was married to her ‘childhood sweetheart’ for 16 years, is grateful for the support from her community: “Everyone’s been supportive. People have donated where they can – Wally Dutton of Duttons of Kelsall, kindly supplied us with meat for the match.”
She added: “We haven’t set a target of money to raise, just as much as we can. We all want to keep Steve’s memory alive, and these events will be a lovely way to do that – the football match particularly for Robbie, who was only four when his father died.
“But I’m really proud of him and Vickie. She is doing brilliantly in her career as a primary school teacher and recently came back from fundraising in Gambia. I know Steve would be so proud of them.”
Carmella De Lucia