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Friends hold rugby tournament in memory of ‘exceptional’ teenager who died during school trip

PUBLISHED: 11:55 13 September 2016

16-year-old Paddy Dear from Hornchurch

16-year-old Paddy Dear from Hornchurch

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Friends of a teenager who died after falling off a cliff held a rugby tournament in his memory.

Students playing rugby at Campion School's memorial day for Paddy DearStudents playing rugby at Campion School's memorial day for Paddy Dear

Paddy Dear, from Hornchurch, was just 16 when he died during a school trip to Wales in March while suffering from sepsis.

On Saturday, hundreds of people attended Campion School for a memorial day to remember Paddy.

A spokeswoman for the school said: “The day was a fitting tribute to an exceptional young man, who is sorely missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.

“His friends in the rugby squad came up with the idea, which included eight games of rugby during the day and a barbecue.”

Students playing rugby at Campion School's memorial day for Paddy DearStudents playing rugby at Campion School's memorial day for Paddy Dear

The event, which the school plans to make an annual event, raised around £2,000 for the Sepsis Trust.

Paddy’s family believe he may have become disorientated after contracting the illness, causing him to fall, or lost consciousness due to low blood pressure.

Hundreds turned out to support the school in their matches against Aylesbury Grammar School in the morning, with the second VX winning 34-3.

Campion’s first VX beat Aylesbury 26-19, winning the Paddy Dear Memorial Trophy.

Students playing rugby at Campion School's memorial day for Paddy DearStudents playing rugby at Campion School's memorial day for Paddy Dear

The crowds stayed to watch Campion Old Boys RFC play two matches in the afternoon against Holt and Sevenoaks.

“Unfortunately, they both lost highly competitive matches,” said the spokeswoman.

“Nonetheless, this couldn’t detract from what was an extremely enjoyable day and a clear demonstration of the strength of the Campion community.”

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