Ricky Hayden's dad holds Hornchurch event to raise cash for singer Kenny Thomas' sick daughter
PUBLISHED: 09:49 31 March 2017 | UPDATED: 11:33 31 March 2017
The father of nightclub bouncer Ricky Hayden, who died last year, is holding a fundraising night for the sick daughter of singer Kenny Thomas.
Kenny’s 1990s hit record Outstanding was Ricky’s favourite song and it was played at the 27-year-old’s funeral after he was stabbed outside his home in Gibbfield Close, Chadwell Heath, on September 13,
When Paul Hayden, 54, – who was also injured in the attack – heard that the singer’s daughter was suffering from a high grade glioma in her brain stem with typical characteristics of an aggressive cancerous tumour, he leapt into action.
“We played that record all the time,” said Paul.
“My ex partner, Sue, Ricky’s mum, contacted Kenny to ask if we could play the song at his funeral and he said that he was chuffed that we were using it.
“That was Ricky’s record. When we found out Christina was ill I just wanted to give him [Kenny] something back.
“Ricky played his album all the time.”
Christina, who lives in Norfolk with her family, was a happy four-year-old until she began to suffer from lethargy, walk with a limp and lost some use of her right arm.
An MRI scan revealed the devastating news that operating on the tumour or even taking a biopsy could not be carried out without serious risks.
On his Just Giving page, the Kenny said: “Christina’s prognosis is poor but with your help we want to do our best to find alternative treatment for her here in the UK or abroad.”
Paul is holding an event on Saturday to raise much needed cash to help the father pay for treatment for his daughter.
It starts at 8pm, and will be held at the George II pub, High Street, Hornchurch, and will include DJs, celebrity guests and Kenny himself is scheduled to make an appearance.
Entry costs £5 and all money raised will be forwarded to the singer who is trying to raise £80,000 for treatment for his daughter. He has so far raised £55,952.
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