A memorial day marking the fifth anniversary of a young man's death has raised £600 for London's Air Ambulance, which fought to save his life.

Daniel Curd was just 23 when he died on July 25, 2009, 11 days after being knocked down in Grove Road, Hounslow, shortly after leaving Hounslow Sports and Social Club.

More than 100 friends and family of 'Ginge', as he was affectionately known, gathered on Saturday (July 26) in Lampton Park and later the social club in Grove Road to pay their respects.

They were joined in the park by staff from London's Air Ambulance, which attended to Daniel at the scene of the crash, as they played football and took part in a three-legged race and tug-of-war contest (using a tow rope donated by firefighters at Heston fire station).

Back at the social club, they enjoyed games, a disco and a men v women quiz, among other entertainment. Youngsters also sold handmade loom bands in the colours of Daniel's beloved Arsenal FC.

Football fundraiser in Lampton Park to raise money for London's Air Ambulance in memory of Daniel Curd who died five years ago. Daniel's father Collin Curd with his sister Jessica and Jessica's son Louis, ten months.
 

Debbie Ward, who was a close friend of Daniel's and organised the event, said: "The day was a great success and the fact so many people turned out to remember Daniel shows how popular he was.

"He was just a really nice young chap, who would do anything for anybody. Everyone loved him and there was nothing bad you could say about him."

Daniel's father Collin and sister Jessica were among those taking part in Saturday's fun day.

It was the latest in a series of fundraising events held in Daniel's memory, which Ms Ward said have generated more than £15,000 for London's Air Ambulance in total.

Daniel, who lived with his family in George Street, Hounslow, was a keen sportsman and worked for Chiswick Fireplaces. The former Lampton School pupil was engaged to Emma Hengley at the time of his death.

His father Collin said: "Daniel was the life and soul of the place. He was 6ft tall with ginger hair and if you didn't see him you would hear him.

"It's unbelievable this is still happening but it shows how popular he was, and it's for a good cause.

"London's Air Ambulance picked Daniel up and took him to hospital, where he was in an induced coma for 11 days. If it hadn't been for them we wouldn't have had those days with him."

Football fundraiser in Lampton Park to raise money for London's Air Ambulance in memory of Daniel Curd, who died five years ago. From left: Dr Ben Clarke, Daniel's father Collin Curd with his sister Jessica and Jessica's son Louis, ten months, and paramedic Karen King with new trauma team car.