Josh’s family “overwhelmed”

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DONATIONS given to a trust fund for the young son of a sportsman who died suddenly in Australia have been “unbelievable”, according to his brother.

Josh Rix, 23, collapsed and died in Perth in January after flying out to visit his mother Julie, 61, who had suffered a stroke while visiting her daughter. She died after suffering a second stroke.

Since then, money has flooded in to a trust fund set up for Josh’s nine-month old son, Alfie, and partner Melissa Lynn.

“It has come from everywhere,” said Josh’s brother Tim. “The family are all just so overwhelmed – it is quite unbelievable when you think about it.”

The total raised, which has also covered the cost of flying Josh’s body home from Australia, is around £14,000, with Sudbury Rugby Club, who Josh used to play for, raising almost £5,000 through raffles, fun days, dinners and donations. A plaque will also be placed in Josh’s space in the dressing room to commemorate him.

A charity football match and fun day at Hadleigh United Football Club last month raised around £6,000 alone, a Hadleigh Cricket Club quiz night raised £1,000 in memory of their former player and Sudbury Cricket Club has pledged to support the fundraising during its cricket week in July.

“We hear of something new every day,” said Tim. “We just want to thank everybody for their support and donations.”