Father of Ricky Hayden helps raise thousands for singer Kenny Thomas’s sick daughter
PUBLISHED: 11:22 04 April 2017 | UPDATED: 18:52 04 April 2017
The father of knife victim Ricky Hayden has thanked members of the public who helped raised thousands for the sick daughter of his son’s favourite singer.
Paul Hayden, 54, held an event on Saturday at the George II pub, High Street, Hornchurch, to raise cash for Kenny Thomas’ daughter Christina.
The four-year-old has been diagnosed with a brain tumour.
Paul said: “We raised £2,000 and Kenny turned up and sang songs.
“It was a really good night.”
Kenny sang his 1990s hits Outstanding and Thinking About Your Love.
Outstanding which reached number 12 in the UK charts in 1991 was the favourite song of Ricky, a popular bouncer at Kosho, Romford, and Havering Council employee, who was stabbed outside his home in Gibbfield Close, Chadwell Heath, on September 13.
He died later in hospital.
Paul, who was injured in the inciden, wanted to raise cash for Christina after the singer said he was chuffed his song was used at Ricky’s funeral.
“The George, were absolutely brilliant, they donated the venue and security for free,” added Paul.
“If they had not done that, we would have had to pay for it out of the cash raised for Kenny.”
An MRI scan revealed the devastating news that operating on Christina’s tumour or even taking a biopsy could not be carried out without serious risks.
The singer hopes to raise £80,000 for treatment at home or abroad for his daughter.
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