Honouring keen football player at charity match
FAMILY and friends of a keen Sunday league football player honoured his memory with a match in aid of his favourite charity.
Nathan Thoresby, 32, was found hanged at his home in the Avenues, west Hull, in October 2009.
The Nathan Thoresby Memorial Football Match and Fun Day was held at Brantingham Park in Elloughton yesterday.
Mr Thoresby, affectionately known as "Nate Dog" to his many friends, was a keen footballer.
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He was also a "serial socialite" and friend to everyone, according to those who knew him.
Mr Thoresby's childhood friend, Tim Robinson, who helped organise the match, said: "Nat was charismatic and outgoing but also very cynical and sarcastic.
"So I am absolutely sure he would have hated all the fuss, which is exactly why we hold this event each year in his memory."
The match, featuring members of the friends' Sunday league side West Side FC, was played in blistering sunshine.
"Every year the weather is like this," said Mr Robinson, 35. "We always have a laugh about this fact.
"Nat hated the sunshine – fair hair and sunshine do not mix well."
Proceeds from the match, which was attended by more than 200 people, will go to the British Red Cross, a cause Mr Thoresby donated to monthly.
Mr Robinson, who attended Kirkella Primary and Wolfreton School with Mr Thoresby, said: "After his death we discovered he had a direct debit going out each month to the British Red Cross.
"Obviously, the charity no longer gets that money, so his family and friends thought they would come together and hold a fundraising match each year for them."
Mr Thoresby worked in the Mail's imaging department from 2003 to 2006, where he was described by colleagues as "Mr Dependable".
Speaking at the time of the tragedy, his mother Janie, sister, Hannah, and brother Nick paid tribute to a "lovely boy" who cared passionately about others.
Hannah said: "Nathan had the love of all his family and friends and we will never forget him."
Nick said: "He had a positive impact on everyone whose life he came into."
Mr Robinson said he and others were unaware their friend had been suffering from depression.
"There was no big event," he said. "It was a series of things."
Mourners packed Haltemprice Crematorium for his funeral.
Days after his death, Mr Thoresby's family and friends vowed he would never be forgotten.
Mr Robinson said: "It was a succession of bad luck that led to it.
"Blokes tend to keep problems to themselves. We all need to keep in close contact with our mates to make sure they are OK.
"His death has brought his family and friends closer together."