Search

Ilford personal trainer, 21, who died at Romford station ‘didn’t realise how many people cared for him’

18:27 07 August 2014

Abdu Hemmaida not long before he died. Picture: Islam Hemmaida

Abdu Hemmaida not long before he died. Picture: Islam Hemmaida

Archant

A 21-year-old personal trainer who died when he was hit by a train at Romford Station “didn’t realise how many people cared for him”, his mother has said.

Personal trainer Abdu HemmaidaPersonal trainer Abdu Hemmaida

Abdu Hemmaida, of Horace Avenue, Rush Green, will be buried tomorrow after he was pronounced dead at the station at around 4.30pm last Thursday.

His family have been inundated by flowers and tributes to the personal trainer who worked at Virgin Active, in Clements Road, Ilford.

Mother Samia Bushra, 50, said: “The sad thing is he helped anyone who was feeling low but couldn’t help himself.

“So many people have paid tribute saying how much he helped them. He was having a difficult time and it all got too much for him.

“He just didn’t realise how many people cared for him.”

Abdu, whose full name is Abdelrahman, would never leave home without his jewellery but did so on the day he died. He also settled up his debts with his local newsagents.

He was a very “unselfish” man and removed his valuables so that someone else can make use of them, his mother said.

The family said that the former student of Bower Park Academy, in Havering Road, Collier Row, was going through a rough patch and was finding it hard to deal with childhood traumas.

Brother Islam, 23, did not expect Abdu’s death and had thought that he was dealing with his demons. “He improved so much in the last year,” he said.

Sister Sarah, 25, who lives in Edinburgh, said that he was a friendly person who spoke to everyone. “Everyone loved him,” she said.

Friends contacted the Recorder was with tributes and social media was awash with friends paying homage to Abdu.

Former team mate at Gidea Park Rangers football club Sam Wheatland, 21, of Stanley Avenue, Gidea Park, said that Abdu “was one of the nicest people you would ever meet”.

And family friend Gaynor Lethbridge, of Dagenham, said: “He was a lovely boy always had a cheeky smile and so much to live for.”

Abdu will be laid to rest at the Gardens of Peace, in Elmbridge Road, Hainault, at 3pm.

Anyone going through a difficult time or has been affected by Abdu’s death can contact the Samaritans anytime on 08457 909090 or email jo@samaritans.org.

Read more:

Man who died at Romford station named as 21-year-old former Bower Park Academy pupil

Person killed by train in Romford

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ilford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ilford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ilford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Ilford News Stories

15:44
Oakfield Playing Fields in Barkingside

The FA has expressed its disappointment after the council included a playing field in its Local Plan on Thursday.

12 minutes ago
Swaminarayan House Temple followers took part in a charity bike ride

Hindu cyclists pedalled from temple to temple across the capital raising thousands of pounds for a children’s hospice.

17:00
Love Parks Week Woodland Craft Fair at the Hainault Forest Country Park. Geordie of the Green Man Tree Company carves an owl

Willow-weaving, bodging and spoon-making were just some of the rustic activities on offer at a woodland craft fair on Saturday.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Which book character do you share cleaning habits with?

Whether you have more in common with put-upon Cinderella, emotionally turbulent Jane Eyre, or easily distracted Mole, you’re sure to appreciate that one lucky winner will receive four sessions of free cleaning. Enter our quiz for your chance to win. All runners up will get £10 off their first clean when making a repeat booking.

£15k prize bundle

Imagine having the opportunity to win an incredible £15,000 bundle of some of the most amazing prizes available. Well, for one lucky contest entrant that dream could soon become a reality because we at MyOffers are offering an incredible free prize bundle that will make even the most hardened person wild with excitement.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now