Barking FC back Dylan

Dylan Tombides took part in a special charity event to raise funds for Cancer Research UK over the Bank Holiday Weekend.

The matches were organised by Barking FC at their Mayesbrook Park home, with Dylan having previously attended Barking Abbey School along with several of the Barking FC squad. The young Hammers forward is doing well as he continues chemotherapy treatment for testicular cancer.

The charity initiative was centred around Sam Jones, a friend of Dylan's, who set out to raise £1,000 by having his head shaved on the day. In the end, more than double that amount was collected.

The games saw Manor House FC
of the Essex Sunday Corinthian League Senior Division take part in two friendlies against Barking reserves and a Barking veterans team. The reserves went down 3-1 in a competitive contest before Dylan took hold of the clippers and began shaving Sam's hair. He was joined by former Hammers midfielder Alan Dickens who then took part in the vets game.

A prize auction followed with fans bidding on an array of items including a holiday in Cyprus and dinner for four in The Colony restaurant/casino in Mayfair plus a limo taxi.

It was then time for the all-star veterans to take to the field. Dylan ceremonially kicked off the proceedings and a lively match again finished with a 3-1 scoreline in favour of Manor House.

Event organiser Sue Jones said: "First and foremost we wanted to raise awareness amongst the younger male generation that testicular cancer is not just diagnosed in the older man. Self-examine and if in doubt - check it out.

'I would like to thank everyone who sponsored Sam and supported the event on Monday. The generosity received from friends, family & colleagues has been overwhelming. Last but not least a big thank you goes to Barking FC and staff for hosting the event.

"We wish Dylan all the very best in a speedy and healthy recovery and look forward to seeing him back on the pitch as soon as possible."