Memorial match held for Dagenham forklift driver who committed suicide
- Credit: Family handout
Friends of family of a Dagenham forklift driver who killed himself following failings by mental health services raised £500 in his memory at a charity football match.
Players at the inaugural Leon Evans Charity Shield on Sunday raised the money to set up a mental health group supporting residents “who feel forgotten”.
More than 100 people assembled at Fords Sports and Social Club in Newbury Park, Ilford, to pay tribute to the 36-year-old.
Leon — described as “loud”, “happy-go-lucky” and “sorely missed” by his mother Elaine and partner Victoria — died at his home in Becontree Avenue, Dagenham, last September.
He was let down repeatedly by mental health services after coming into their care four months earlier, an inquest ruled.
Despite wet weather, the memorial Teams Evans Eleven triumphed over East London FC 7-5 to take the trophy.
“It is nice to know people really do care and Leon will never be forgotten,” said Elaine.
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For confidential help and support if you feel suicidal, call the Samaritans on their free helpline: 116 123.