Family and friends’ football match raises over £1,000 in memory of Hainault man

PUBLISHED: 15:51 10 May 2013 | UPDATED: 16:10 10 May 2013

Debra Gipps, Henry Galea, Alex Gipps and Alesha Galea at the memorial football game

Debra Gipps, Henry Galea, Alex Gipps and Alesha Galea at the memorial football game


Family and friends of a 23-year-old man who tragically committed suicide in Hainault in 2008 have gathered for a charity football match.

Around 35 players raised money for Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide in memory of Nathan Gipps.

Nathan, of Anne Way, was found in playing fields off Forest Road by walkers in April 2008.

The London Underground worker was a keen footballer and Manchester United fan.

Sister Alesha Galea said the family has gathered almost every year since for the match at Oakside Stadium, in Station Road, Barkingside.

This year’s event, held earlier this month, has so far raised more than £1,000.

The family chose to fundraise for the charity because of its work supporting bereaved families.

Alesha said: “There’s quite a stigma attached to suicide and you feel like people don’t understand.

“A lot say: ‘You must’ve noticed something different’ but you really don’t and it’s good to be with people who understand.”

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