Charity event to remember Lewis Siddall

Lewis Siddall, 24, pictured at the Eve Merton Dreams Trust charity legends game just months before his death.
Lewis Siddall, 24, pictured at the Eve Merton Dreams Trust charity legends game just months before his death.

A Doncaster charity is set to donate funds to the family of a 24-year-old teacher who died after being assaulted in a bar.

Lewis Siddall raised £700 for the Eve Merton Dreams Trust by competing in a legends football game just months before he died.

And now organisers at the charity have decided to give something back to honour the Copley Junior School teacher’s memory.

Half of the proceeds raised at the charity’s upcoming Marathon Madness will be donated to Lewis’s family to help pay for unexpected funeral costs or to support an organisation in his name.

Martin Lawrence co-founder of the charity said: “We as a charity wanted to honour his memory in a way that we think he and his family would approve.

“We only hope, in small part, this gesture will honour the memory of Lewis Siddall and provide a fitting tribute to the determined, yet well-mannered man we met during his fundraising.”

The fundraiser taking place from September 14 to 19 will see charity workers Clynton Johnson and Claire Bull complete eight marathons in a single week - four by foot and four by bike around Doncaster.

Mr Lawrence added: “Lewis, a teacher representing Copley Junior School, managed to raise and incredible £707 and his enthusiasm and excitement for the event made him a real joy to be around.

“Our thoughts are with both him and his family during this difficult time.”

Detectives investigating the 24-year-old’s death returned to the VDKA bar in Silver Street last night where Mr Siddall was reportedly attacked to appeal for information and find potential witnesses.

Mr Siddall was found dead at his home in Skellow, on Friday, August 14, after the incident at the town centre bar at around 11pm the night before.

Police launched a murder inquiry following Mr Siddall’s death.

A 22-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder and has been released on bail pending further enquiries.

* Anyone with information should contact South Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting incident 122 of 14 August 2015 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

* To support the Marathon Madness event contact info@evestrust.co.uk, visit www.evestrust.co.uk/marathon-madness or donate via text code Text EMDT 11 £5 to 70070 or visit https://mydonate.bt.com/events/marathonmadness