Collier Row swimmer’s memorial match raises �5,000

Amateur footballers have raised vital hospital funds in memory of a popular Collier Row swimmer who died from cancer.

The fundraiser, at Goals Soccer Centre, in Dagenham, remembered David Jacobs, from Moorland Close, who lost his battle with leukaemia in February last year - aged just 22.

Donations of nearly �5,000 will now go to the leukaemia and lymphoma unit at University College Hospital, in central London.

Jan Jacobs, David’s mother, said: “It was a fantastic day and we are overwhelmed with the support and donations made by friends and family. The tournament was so successful that it is already arranged for July 14 next year”.

A charity auction organised by ex-West Ham player Alvin Martin was also held and the prizes included a cricket bat signed by the England team and a Red Bull jacket signed by Formula 1 drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber.

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Dagenham Goals Soccer centre manager Chris Walton said: “It was an honour to host the fundraiser tournament here at Goals, it’s for a great cause and we are just happy that we could help”.

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