Charity donation at Dagenham football club in memory of former player Damary Dawkins
PUBLISHED: 10:00 15 January 2020 | UPDATED: 11:00 15 January 2020
A junior football league has donated £500 to charity in memory of a young player who lost his battle with leukaemia aged 13.
Damary Dawkins, who was initially diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in 2015, and despite receiving a stem cell donation in December 2018, the teenager died in March last year.
The talented footballer played for Euro Dagenham FC and had also been part of Crystal Palace's elite player development centre.
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Scott Whitham, a committee member for the Echo Junior Football League - which Euro Dagenham is part of - joined Damary's parents Tony and Nadine at Euro Dagenham's Mayesbrook Park base to present the cheque to African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust (ACLT) co-founder Beverley De-Gale.
"Every year we make donations to charities," Scott explained. "ACLT was nominated by Euro Dagenham."
The blood cancer charity supported Damary's family throughout his treatment and helped to launch the #Match4Damary campaign to find a suitable stem cell donor.
For more information about the charity, visit aclt.com