A kind of magic in Dan’s memory

Connor Sullivan with Mark Evans and Jaci Ingram from Co-operative Funeralcare.
Connor Sullivan with Mark Evans and Jaci Ingram from Co-operative Funeralcare.
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KIND-HEARTED funeral home bosses are organising a charity night to spread magic to the lives of seriously and terminally-ill children.

The Co-operative at Strathmore House, in Hartlepool, is organising the event to raise money for Believe in Magic, which arranged for town seven-year-old Dan Sullivan to help pop idol Jessie J sing in front of 11,000 fans in July last year.

Dan, who suffered from acute myeloid leukaemia, passed away surrounded by his loving family at his home in Park Road four months later.

The charity night, in memory of Dan, will take place at Hartlepool Corporation Club, in Whitby Street, from 7pm on Friday, August 23 and will feature music from popular Freddie Mercury impersonator Billy West and a pie and peas supper.

Principal funeral director Mark Evans said: “We arranged Dan’s funeral and we are always full of emotion when a child has passed away.

“When Dan’s mother told me about Believe in Magic and how fantastic they had been, we wanted to put something on to provide Believe in Magic with a little bit more money to help somebody else.”

Dan’s mum Gillian, 46, who has five other sons and is married to Gary, 47, said: “We know how valuable the charity is, just a balloon in the post from them can really lift these kids.

“It’s lovely that the funeral home wants to help, I know they said they were quite overwhelmed by what Believe in Magic had done for Dan.”

Tickets are available from the funeral home, in Stockton Road, for £7.