During Sunday’s games we are planning a memorial at 2.40pm for Ash Pendergast, who sadly passed away on April 3rd 2020 from a brain haemorrhage at only 36 years of age, to celebrate his life and time with the League.
Ash died at Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital leaving behind partner Rachel, step daughter Olivia,13 and a 14-month-old son George.
He was a family man and was loving being a father. He was fun, kind and generous and his passing is a tragic loss to all who knew him.
Ash was full of life and he loved an adventure outdoors. A committed lover of football and he was a keen Sheffield Wednesday fan.
Originally from Edenthorpe where he had lived with his parents Maureen and Alan, sister Hollie and brother Kerris, he previously worked as a sports teacher at Doncaster Deaf College but had recently begun working for a block paving company.
Ash’s sister Hollie told us that they had recently received a gift from the organ donation and transplantation team – 15 gold heart brooches, each one representing an organ donated by Ash following his death. She told us, “we are extremely proud to know that he has helped so many others in such a special way.”
Hollie continued, “due to the government guidelines that were in place at the time of Ash’s death his funeral service had to be private, being attended only by a small number of people. The service was, however, filmed and they hope to distribute this accordingly afterwards.”
A fundraiser was set up as a financial help to Rachel and their children with the response outstripping the £500 target within the first ten days; as nearly £17,500 was raised and it stands as a real testament to the man Ash was.
“He would do anything for anyone and the wonderful messages and donations have proved that.”
Ash’s family will be joining us along with John Nugent ( Doncaster Deaf College ). Any club or players who may want to give the family a card are welcome, I’m sure it would be well appreciated.
Apologies to Spartans and Wisewood, in the interests of safety and numbers already on the pitch we cannot permit you into the venue for the memorial.
Arrival times –
13.10pm …Bradford City Emerald, Bradford City Fuchsia, Derek Dooley Blue & Derek Dooley White.
14.10pm …Doncaster Titans Blue, Doncaster Titans Yellow, City Knights Red & City Knights White.
15.00pm …Spartans FC & Wisewood.