Thousands raised for Dagenham father knifed four times in London Bridge terror attack

PUBLISHED: 13:46 06 June 2017 | UPDATED: 13:47 06 June 2017

Brett Freeman, who is from Dagenham, is said to be in a stable condition in hospital. Picture: Darren Mole

Brett Freeman, who is from Dagenham, is said to be in a stable condition in hospital. Picture: Darren Mole

Darren Mole

Thousands of pounds have been raised for a man who was stabbed four times in the London Bridge terror attacks.

Brett Freeman, who grew up in Dagenham and attended Sydney Russell School, was one of 48 people injured on Saturday, June 3 after three terrorists mowed down pedestrians on London Bridge and started stabbing people in the Borough Market area.

The father of three, whose partner Amy is pregnant with his fourth child, is said to be “awake and in high spirits” in hospital following the attack which left seven people dead and 18 people in a critical condition in hospital.

Canadian Chrissy Archibald, 30, and Australian Kirsty Boden, 28, have been formally named as two of the dead while the family of 32-year-old Hackney resident James McMullan, who has been missing since Saturday night, believe he has also been killed.

Brett’s childhood friend Charlie Makaveli has set up a Go Fund Me page to assist the family financially as his friend recovers from his injuries.

“He has got three kids with one on the way,” Charlie said. “He is not going to be able to work for a while and his family is going to need support so I thought I would help him.

“I couldn’t imagine thinking ‘what are we going to do about money and going to work’.”

So far, £2,755 has been raised out of £3,000 and Charlie said Amy had been “very overwhelmed” by the generosity of donors.

The 32-year-old said he first found about his friend’s involvement in the attacks on Twitter on Sunday morning and had to “double check that it was the same Brett” as he wasn’t sure how many other people worldwide would have the same name.

“You never imagine that it is going to happen to you or someone you know,” he said.

“Then you realise it is someone you used to play football in the streets with.”

Charlie added: “He is just your normal guy. He loves his football, he goes to work and is a dedicated family guy.”

Brett, who used to play for Arsenal youth team, was given the nickname warrior for his footballing prowess, according to Charlie.

“He was always a tackling player so he is considered a warrior.”

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