A charity football match in memory of David Ezekiel has raised £6,800 for Jewish charity Norwood.

The total exceeds the original target set by his family.

Immanuel Ezekiel arranged the game in memory of his brother, David, who was murdered in South Africa in February.

The match featured the Maccabi GB gold medal winners at the 2009 Maccabiah Games, of which Immanuel was a member, at Rowley Lane football ground, Barnet on Sunday.
Around 30 players and 50 spectators attended the day.

Members of Immanuel’s family, including David’s son Jason, took part in the match.
“This was a great tribute to David, and we’re very grateful to Immanuel and all involved for raising an amazing amount for Norwood,” said the charity’s chief executive, Elaine Kerr.
“I’m sure David would have been very proud of everyone for the exceptional effort that will go towards helping the people we support.”

When Maccabi GB manager at the games David Pollock heard about David’s death, he contacted players from the tournament to commemorate David’s life as well as to raise money for Norwood.

David was born in the United Kingdom but had emigrated to South Africa 35 years ago.
He was a successful chef who, at the time of his death, was semi-retired but still involved in a number of charitable pursuits in his local community near Johannesburg.

Immanuel paid tribute to his brother and explained why he chose Norwood as the dedicated charity on the fundraising page for the campaign.

“This football match is in his memory, as he would have wanted to continue to help others through your generous donations.

“Some of the funds raised will help his former employee to find a mode of transport, as he has lost all of his income due to my brother’s tragic death.

“David left a legacy of kindness, of loyalty, of genuine spirit; and he was everyone’s friend.
“Every penny we raise goes to a fabulous charity, Norwood, which gives hope to others, and this is in the true spirit of the man whose generosity of spirit will continue.”
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