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The beautiful game scores £3,200 for hospice

Family and friends paid tribute to an avid West Ham fan when they held a charity football match in his honour. 
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Dave Maynard, 57, died of lung cancer in January and despite spending less than 24 hours at Saint Francis Hospice, it was enough time to make a difference to him and his family. 

The lorry driver (pictured) was a life-long Hammers supporter and in the past had played for the Rainham Working Man's Club team and more recently for Horndon Vets.

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So on Sunday, May 1, his sons Tony and Billy organised a football match to raise money for the hospice and the winning team was presented with The Davey Boy Trophy, which was Dave's nickname.

"It was an amazing day and we were overwhelmed by the support we received," said his daughter Charlotte Cook, 27, from Rainham.

"A team of family played against a team of friends and we hope in the future more people will come and get involved. My dad was a massive West Ham fan and we are hoping to make this an annual event."

There was entertainment for all the family on the day with a bouncy castle, face painting and disco.

A raffle was also held and Billy and their cousin Joe shaved their hair off for an auction.

Charlotte said her mum Sue and Billy are currently receiving bereavement support from the hospice to help them come to terms with his death and she is also planning to have counselling by the family support services team.
"We could not be more grateful for all the help we received," said Charlotte, who works as an office manager for a property company in Canary Wharf. "As horrible as it was coming to the hospice, it was nice in another way. It was where he wanted to be and he was so relaxed. On the day he died the nurses were incredible. Thirty-four people came to see him after he died and the staff gave us the time we needed and it was such a nice way to deal with a sad situation. It was really personal and we appreciated it so much. It was lovely to see my mum receive that kind of care and we could not quite believe so many people offered their time and all the services were free of charge." 

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The two football teams together