Charity netball tournament in memory of Dagenham cancer victim mum

PUBLISHED: 13:06 11 September 2012

The fundraising netball tournament in memory of Pauline

The fundraising netball tournament in memory of Pauline


A man who lost his mum to cancer organised a fun-filled charity tournament in her memory.

Martin Gray held the fundraiser at Barking Abbey Upper School on Sunday to raise cash for Macmillan Cancer Support and Chestnut Court Care Home in Frizlands Lane, Dagenham.

His mum Pauline Gray died of Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in May at the age of 63 and was cared for at the care home towards the end of her life.

She loved playing netball as a youngster so electrician Martin decided the best way to raise cash in her memory was by holding a tournament in the sport.

The 24-year-old, of Litchfield Road, Dagenham, paid tribute to his mum, saying: “Everybody loved her. She was such a kind and friendly person and would always wave to people when they walked past the window.

“She suffered dementia during her last years but was still such a warm person.”

The money for Chestnut Court Care Home will go towards paying for a much-needed new minibus.

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