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Romford school unveils permanent memorial to former student Alex Field

PUBLISHED: 17:00 26 September 2012 | UPDATED: 18:06 26 September 2012

Memorial morning at Crownfield Infant school, Collier Row, for Alex Field.  kids' with Alex's family Dave Gilmore, coach Ian Hendon, Alex's mum  Rachel Rodd, Georgia Field, and Tony Field,

Memorial morning at Crownfield Infant school, Collier Row, for Alex Field. kids' with Alex's family Dave Gilmore, coach Ian Hendon, Alex's mum Rachel Rodd, Georgia Field, and Tony Field,

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The memory of a brave Collier Row boy who lost his battle against a brain tumour is set to live on at his former school.

West Ham coach Ian Hendon joined staff and teachers at Crownfield Infant School in White Hart Lane, Romford to unveil a plaque and a football goal in memory of Alex Field on Tuesday September 25- exactly a year after his death.

Rachel Rodd, Alex’s mum said: “It was fantastic, it was just so overwhelming.

“The students and the staff at the school did Alex proud.”

The event saw some of Alex’s former classmates releasing balloons, before a special assembly.

Ian also presented a full West Ham kit with Alex’s name and a number 9, so that the school can hold a football match every year in his memory.

On Saturday September 22, the Romford and Gidea Park Rugby Club held a minute silence to remember Alex, whose mum’s partner, David Gilmore is a member of the team.

Rachel said: “Alex loved West Ham and the number 9 was his favourite number.

“He would have been really happy with it.”

Alex died on September 25 last year at the Harley Street Clinic in Central London with his family by his side.

The youngster was the subject of a massive fundraising appeal in which local people raised almost £180,000 in a bid to keep him alive.

When his condition deteriorated just three months before his death, he was flown out to Chicago for urgent treatment, but despite the best efforts of the medical staff there, they were unable to reverse his condition and his family decided to bring him home to be with the people he loved.

Rachel is now trying to raise awareness of brain tumours in children.

She said: “People need to know that any child could get it.

“Alex was a normal little boy and he had a headache and it started from there.

“I had to see four different doctors on the NHS and it was a private doctor that told me that I wanted he could have an MRI scan.”

She added: “People need to know that children can develop brain tumours.”

Headteacher Sharon Nacmias said: “Alex touched the hearts of everyone at the school and it was a nice celebration of his life.

“The football goal was a very fitting tribute because Alex loved football and he was always the first one to run out onto the school playground to play football.”

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