Thurrock Gazette - 3rd June 2008


Celebrity gangster to back Leukaemia awareness and talk at Tavern

REFORMED gangster and inspiration for British film 'Rise of the Footsoldier' Carlton Leach is set to back a Leukaemia campaign and tell tales of the underworld at a Thurrock venue.

The former West Ham hooligan and bouncer will be holding an audience with evening at the Circus Tavern, Meads Corner, Purfleet on June 28.

Carlton has turned his life around and wants to do his bit within the community to help youngsters of today who may have or are already involved in the drug scene and knife and gun culture.

The evening will start at 7pm and finish late.

Public tickets are available from the ticket hot lines at Circus Tavern 01708 864001/867271/863838 or at Carlton's online shop

Carlton will also be supporting the Jamie Saunders Leukaemia Awareness Campaign.

Dad of three Jamie, 24, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Leukaemia last month and is now fighting for his life at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London.

Jamie, who is originally from Roach, East Tilbury but now lives in Pitsea, has always been a fan of the likes of Carlton Leach and celebrity gangster Dave Courtney and plans are being made for them to visit his bedside.

There will also be an auction of signed merchandise from both Carlton and Dave with proceeds being donated to the Leukaemia Awareness Campaign.

Jamie's brother Wesley, 27, of Laburnum Drive, Corringham, said: "Jamie will be delighted with the association of Carlton and Dave to this Leukaemia Awareness campaign.

"Jamie is a huge fan of both and this just goes to show you that these two have an unquestionable heart of gold.

"On behalf of Jamie and the family, we would like to thank them for their support and will help the event by promoting this to members of the 'Jamie Saunders Leukaemia Awareness group' on Facebook."



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