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‘Fantastic’ community raises £2,325 for funeral of Romford doorman Ricky Hayden

PUBLISHED: 13:17 24 October 2016 | UPDATED: 14:25 24 October 2016

Perry Hayden joins mum Suzanne Hedges, Kieran Dunne, Perry Watling, April Hayden and Paul Hayden

Perry Hayden joins mum Suzanne Hedges, Kieran Dunne, Perry Watling, April Hayden and Paul Hayden

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A grieving mum says “overwhelming” community support helped her family cope after her son was stabbed to death outside his home.

Families joined in celebration of Ricky Hayden's life, after he was fatally stabbed in Chadwell Heath Families joined in celebration of Ricky Hayden's life, after he was fatally stabbed in Chadwell Heath

Kosho Bar bouncer Ricky Hayden, 27, died on September 13 after being stabbed in Gibbfield Close, Chadwell Heath.

In an effort to take pressure off his grieving family, neighbour Kieran Dunne helped raise £2,325 for funeral costs with a fun day on Saturday, which Ricky’s mum Suzanne Hedges said showed how loved her son was.

“We were overwhelmed by the amount of people who turned up and all the support we’ve received,” the 49-year-old said. “The community has been absolutely fantastic and we couldn’t have survived the way we have without their support.”

The fun day included inflatables, a bucking bronco and a football tournament – won by Marks Gate team The Ferns – and was held at The Warren School in Whalebone Lane North, Chadwell Heath.

Kerry Langford has a go on the bucking Bronco at the Chadwell Heath memorial for Ricky Hayden Kerry Langford has a go on the bucking Bronco at the Chadwell Heath memorial for Ricky Hayden

Kieran said the fun day at Ricky’s former school, which ended with a firework display, was a welcome opportunity to unite the community after Ricky’s family were forced to leave their home for their own safety.

A close friend of Ricky’s brother Perry, he plans to add the money raised at the fun day to the £7,500 raised in a club night at Kosho Bar in Romford just six days after the fatal stabbing.

“I’m glad we could take some pressure of the family,” the 23-year-old said. “Perry and I are happy with the way the day went and the family are so grateful for everyone coming together as one to show their support and show that everyone is strong in the family and community.”

Suzanne said Ricky, who was stabbed during a confrontation with a machete-wielding gang attempting to steal his moped, was a kind and honest man, with 53-year-old friend Kim Tucker adding: “He was a caring, lovely bloke.”

Daughter Leanne Tucker, 23, said: “If I was ever down or upset he would make me smile within seconds – he was so funny.”

Tommy Roome, 19, of Rams Grove, Chadwell Heath, has been charged with Ricky’s murder and is scheduled for a plea hearing at the Old Bailey on December 13.

Two other 19-year-olds have also been arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder, with one bailed to report to police in November, and the other bailed to return in early December.

There will be a Hallowe’en-themed fundraiser for the family of Ricky Hayden at The Holly Tree in Dames Road, Forest Gate, on Saturday at 7.30pm, with entry costing £10.

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