Sunderland car workers’ tribute to tragic pal

Colleagues of Phil Ross, who died of a brain tumour, before a charity football match in his honour

Colleagues of Phil Ross, who died of a brain tumour, before a charity football match in his honour

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FOOTBALL-MAD colleagues took to the pitch to raise thousands of pounds in memory of a popular worker.

Nissan staff played the Richard Cox Memorial Trophy match at the company’s Sports and Social Club pitch as a tribute to their pal body shop supervisor Phil Ross, who died from a brain tumour last year.

copy pic  supplied pic''Phil Ross, a Nissan worker, died of a brain tumour last year.

copy pic supplied pic''Phil Ross, a Nissan worker, died of a brain tumour last year.

Phil’s workmates got together and decided to give all the cash raised from the annual match to a charity chosen by Phil’s family.

The £2,400 will go towards Brain Tumour Research.

Mick Adams, of the body shop department at Nissan, who helped organise the event, said: “It’s a tribute to a long-standing supervisor who gave over 20 years service.

“It’s really his colleagues giving something back by raising money in his memory.”

Mick added that because of Phil’s popularity, the money has come rolling in.

“He was a well-liked individual,which is why there has been so much interest in the event,” said Mick.

“A lot of people have donated, including suppliers who work with the company.

“To raise well over £2,000 is great. The windy conditions during the match were a bit of a problem though.

“My colleagues from Nissan put an enormous amount of effort into fund-raising as well as training for the game.”

Phil’s widow Mandy was also present to cheer on those taking part in memory of her late husband.

All players received a commemorative medal.

A barbecue and raffle also took place, with all money generate going to the good cause.

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