More than £5,000 raised for amateur club chairman who died from coronavirus

Drew Darbyshire

More than £5,000 has been raised for a family of Eastmoor Dragons chairman Dave Roberts who passed away after contracting coronavirus.

Roberts sadly lost his battle to COVID-19 on April 14 and leaves behind his wife Ann, who is recovering from her own illness, and their two children – Charlotte and Toby.

He is regarded as a legend of amateur rugby league, having played, coached and chaired the community game.

A statement on a GoFundMe page created for Roberts’ family read: “Dave became chairman at Eastmoor Dragons, keeping the club going through some bad patches but just to say he was chairman would be selling him short.

“His time he put in at the club was unspeakable and the jobs he covered was too much for one man but Dave handled them and thrived.

“He was always there to help anybody that needed and he would do anything for anyone as I’m sure you all know throughout the Eastmoor community and the wider rugby league community.

“I’m sure that Dave would at some point been to every club in the amateur game and he was known with contacts in all pots.

“The thing is in rugby league – it’s not just a game – it’s a way of life and a chosen family that comes together in a time of need and sticks together through the good and the bad.”

To make a donation to Roberts’ family, click HERE.

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