The mother of a footballer who died in his sleep has managed to raise more than £34,000 in his name for a community project.
Gail Butcher is raising money for the Richard Butcher Memorial Trust, with the proceeds going towards a new community football pitch and clubhouse in Northampton.
The former Kettering Town and Rushden & Diamonds midfielder died from a rare heart condition four years ago, aged just 29.
Gail said on her website: “Being a mother after losing my son I needed to do something in Richard’s memory, but most of all for the community to help others.
“I didn’t wake up one morning and say I would like a football pitch and clubhouse named after my son.”
Gail has also written a book in memory of Northampton-born Richard and hopes it will inspire young footballers of the future.
Two branches of Waterstones, and three of his former clubs – Northampton Town, Notts County and Macclesfield Town – have agreed to stock “BUTCH: The Wings of Football”.
Numerous players and managers from Butcher’s career have taken part in the book, which is also for sale on Amazon.
Butcher began his career in Northampton Town and Rushden & Diamonds’ youth teams, before moving on to Kettering.
He helped the Poppies get back to the Conference National following relegation the previous season.
I needed to do something in Richard’s memory.Gail Butcher