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Collier Row mum thanks school for remembering her “bubbly boy” who sadly died

PUBLISHED: 12:31 09 June 2016 | UPDATED: 13:15 09 June 2016

Alex Field with his Dalmatian, Ronni.

Alex Field with his Dalmatian, Ronni.

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The mother of a young boy who died from an aggressive brain tumour has given a “massive thank you” to the school that continues to keep his memory alive.

Alex Field Memorial inter-school five-a-side football competition. Crownfield School versus St Patrick's Alex Field Memorial inter-school five-a-side football competition. Crownfield School versus St Patrick's

Alex Field, eight, who attended Crownfield Infant School, White Hart Lane, Collier Row, died in 2011 with his family by his side.

The school held the Alex Field Memorial inter-school five-a-side football competition on Tuesday to honour him.

Mum, Rachel Rodd, 43, of Victory Way, Collier Row, said: “I just want to give a massive thank you.

“I go every year to watch the tournament, it is a lovely thing that they do.

Alex Field Memorial inter-school five-a-side football competition, at Crownfield School. Rise Park Infants School versus Langtons Infant School. Alex Field Memorial inter-school five-a-side football competition, at Crownfield School. Rise Park Infants School versus Langtons Infant School.

“I’m overwhelmed that they keep doing this every year.”

The event marks the fourth tournament at the school with last year’s winner Langtons Infant School, Westland Avenue, Hornchurch, taking part.

Headteacher, Sharon Nacmias said: “Alex was a happy, bright, bubbly little boy whose favourite thing to do was play football in the playground.

“The school thought hard about what we could do as a fitting memorial for him.

“In consultation with Alex’s family we decided to organise a yearly inter-school five-a-side football competition, keeping his memory alive and remembering a wonderful little boy who loved to play football at Crownfield.”

This year’s winner was Rise Park Infant School, Annan Way, Romford.

Rachel added: “It is nice to have the memorial to keep his memory alive.

“It is a lovely day and organised really well by Sharon.

“It is a lovely little school. Alex used to love it there.”

The community rallied round Alex to help his family raise thousands for the youngster to receive urgent treatment in America to fight his aggressive brain tumour.

Alex fought bravely for 14 months before succumbing to his illness.

Other schools which took part in the memorial game were St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, Lowshoe Lane, Collier Row, and Scotts Primary School, Bonington Road, Hornchurch.

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