Londoneast-uk football match raises £1,500 in aid of Alzheimer’s research

A charity football match between a representative side from the Metropolitan Police and Londoneast-uk Business and Technical Park has raised £1,500 for The Alzheimer’s Society.

Ex-West Ham United player Alan Dickens and former Leyton Orient and Middlesbrough star Alan Comfort lined up with Hillsborough campaigners Andy Burnham, the Shadow Home Secretary, and MP Steve Rotheram for Londoneast-uk in the game staged at Dagenham and Redbridge FC on Tuesday evening May 17.

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Around 400 people attended the match which ended in hard fought and entertaining 1-1 draw with the Metropolitan Police winning 3-1 in a penalty shoot-out. During half-time there was a youth football match with representatives from Chingford-based Ridgeway Rovers, the first club which David Beckham and Harry Kane played for.

Barking and Dagenham Council Leader Darren Rodwell (left) presented the trophy to Metropolitan Police Officer Ray McQuarrie who had organized the fixture in conjunction with Londoneast-uk Managing Director John Lewis.

Ray McQuarrie said: “It was a great night which raised £1,500 for The Alzheimer’s Society. I hope this can become an annual fixture and I thank everyone for their support.”

John Lewis said: “Both Ray and I have friends and family members who have sadly been affected by Alzheimer’s and it was great to be able to do something to raise awareness and funds for this dreadful illness. I would like to thank all those who attended and particularly Alan Dickens, Alan Comfort, Andy Burnham, Steve Rotheram, Dagenham and Redbridge FC and Ridgeway Rovers for their support.”