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Charlie Slocombe's former colleagues at Angel Centre, Tonbrige raise hundreds in former Tonbridge Angels defender's memory

Friends of a popular footballer are raising money in his memory, saying he was "the most kind hearted and thoughtful man."

Former Tonbridge Angels defender Charlie Slocombe collapsed and died during a six-a-side game in July. He was 26.

Charlie Slocombe (14219807)
Charlie Slocombe (14219807)

Since Charlie's death his father has started raising money for defibrillators and training in the local community.

Beth Hawkins is duty manager at the Angel Centre in Tonbridge, where Charlie worked for eight years.

Yesterday, the former Sevenoaks resident's old colleagues carried out a day-long cycle ride, raising hundreds of pounds towards his dad's cause.

Miss Hawkins said: "Charlie was the most kind hearted and thoughtful man.

"He was an incredibly hard working employee and would go out of his way to help others. He had the best sense of humour, and his dad jokes and funny selfies never failed to make us laugh. You could always count on Charlie to make a room erupt in laughter.

Staff at the Angel Centre in Tonbridge raised money in Charlie Slocombe's memory on Wednesday (16497905)
Staff at the Angel Centre in Tonbridge raised money in Charlie Slocombe's memory on Wednesday (16497905)

"We are taking part today because we can't begin to imagine the hole that will be left in the lives of Charlie's friends and family.

"If we can all be a small part of something that in the future could help avoid another family going through this, then we know we have done our part."

Tonbridge Angels paid its own tribute to its former player, who was capped 32 times.

A statement on the club's website said: "Taken from us far too young, Charlie was a popular player at the club who was involved in both the Reserve and 1st team sides.

"He made of a total of 32 appearances for the 1st team and always showed a willingness to step up and help his team mates when required.

"It is known that he had a special affection for Longmead and all connected with the Angels

"Our thoughts are with Charlie’s family and friends as they try to come to terms with this devastating news."

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