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West Ham pay tribute to phenomenal fundraiser

West Ham United remembered the late Paul Freedman - West Ham fanatic, fundraising legend & celebrated marathon runner at their recent game against Bournemouth at the London Stadium. 

A) Paul Freedman MBE_1301 (cropped)

Joe Lyons, Chief Executive of the West Ham Foundation arranged a pitch side presentation by Sir Trevor Brooking, CBE of a dedicated memory tree leaf on behalf of the club. The leaf was presented to Paul's son Martin & grandson Samuel just before kick-off.

 

Martin says "it's a bit odd at times as lots of the fundraising Dad did I'm only learning about now and it makes me very proud.


Sir Trevor Brooking & Martin Freedman

Sir Trevor, Martin& Samuel Freedman & the hospice team


 "He would love this presentation today because he loved getting all the attention, he loved doing the hard work but he loved all the fuss too.

 

"He loved West Ham, the first game he went to was West Ham v Blackpool and he went because he wanted to see the great Sir Stanley Matthews play, he was an 'Iron' from that day on."

 

Paul, who died last February raised over £100,000 for Saint Francis Hospice.  He was also a volunteer on the Inpatient Unit, Martin says "every Christmas day Dad would go up there to bring around the Christmas dinners, when that was done he would go back around telling jokes, entertaining patients and visitors, he loved it all."


Sir Trevor Brooking & Martin Freedman

 Sir Trevor & Martin Freedman


Andy Furneaux, Hospice Fundraiser says "as a lifelong West Ham & Saint Francis Hospice supporter I was honoured and privileged to know Paul, he was a true gentleman and is very fondly remembered by all those who worked with him at the hospice, I am so proud to be here today to see such a great tribute to such a wonderful man."


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