The family of a man who dedicated his life to grassroots football in Swindon is fundraising money for his funeral. 

Colin Nunn, 51, was a prominent figure in the town both as a longstanding local referee and at Swindon Town Football Club, but died on Friday, March 15 after a short battle with cancer. 

His death was keenly felt in the local community that he has consistently served for years, with friends and family, as well as several football clubs paying tribute to him. 

Now his family have set up a fundraising page asking for help to give the much-loved man the 'send-off he deserves'.

His daughter Danielle Jones said: "As most people are aware, Colin passed away on Friday afternoon due to a short brave battle with cancer.

"Colin has had a big impact in grassroots football in the local area, from coaching to refereeing, he also worked for Swindon Town Football Club for over 30 years and was a big supporter of ladies football.

"His presence will be dearly missed on and off the football pitch."

"We are raising money on Colin's behalf to give him the best possible send-off that he deserves. any remaining funds will be donated to the Prospect Hospice who were absolutely amazing with Colin and cared for him so well."

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Just under £2,000 of the £5,000 being asked for has been donated by members of the public and footballing organisations already, with several also paying further tribute to Colin. 

One person wrote: "RIP Colin, genuine wonderful man and was a pleasuring knowing you."

Another said: "Great memories of playing football together when we were lads, farewell, sweet dreams and sleep tight."

A third person said: "Rest in peace Colin. You had such a positive effect on so many people and will be missed by all."

Swindon Town FC also paid tribute to Colin prior to the weekend's game against Doncaster.

A club spokesperson said: "All at Swindon Town are saddened to learn of the passing of one of our colleagues, Colin Nunn. Colin has been a part of the team at Swindon Town Football Club for over 30 years as well as a supporter his whole life.

"Thoughts and condolences are with Colin's family and friends at this time

Colin's mother, who works at the club, was presented with a bouquet of flowers during the game.