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.
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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.