A poignant thank you from a grateful son

(left to right) Tommy Wormald, Bryan Langston (macmillan) and Mat Harrison at the launch of a charity event to be held in the Camerons Sports and Social Club in memory of Tommy's mum Betty Liddle. Pictiure by FRANK REID
(left to right) Tommy Wormald, Bryan Langston (macmillan) and Mat Harrison at the launch of a charity event to be held in the Camerons Sports and Social Club in memory of Tommy's mum Betty Liddle. Pictiure by FRANK REID

TOMMY Wormald never forgot the care and the compassion given to his mum.

The 59-year-old, from Hartlepool, lost his mother Betty Liddle, 72, to cancer of the lung in 2000.

But one memory stuck in his mind – that the help given to Betty by Macmillan nurses was outstanding.

“They really looked after her well and I always said I would do something to help them in return,” said the former assistant site manager for regeneration specialists Frank Haslam Milan.

That chance finally came this year when Tommy lost his job in May. It gave him the spare time he needed to plan a fundraising event on behalf of Macmillan.

His hard work, in conjunction with his friend Matt Harrison, will come to fruition this weekend when three consecutive days of live music – sponsored by Hart Biologicals – are held at the Camerons Club in Waldon Street, Hartlepool.

Between this Friday and Sunday, 28 bands will perform on two stages in an event which will cost visitors £5 a day. And it has all been organised by Tommy and his friend.

Tommy said: “I have been booking bands for 10 years and I thought it would be a really good idea to do this.

“I did think of just holding a one-night concert, but when I started ringing round, the first 10 bands that I telephoned all said yes to it straight away. That’s when I thought ‘this could be really big’

“We have kept it at £5 a day to get in to keep it nice and simple and we are expecting people just to turn up on the day.

“I have not set a target on what I hope to raise for Macmillan, but everything that is raised will go to the cause.”

The charity event will also feature a raffle and Tommy said: “It is going well and we are getting some really decent prizes.”

Anyone wanting more information can contact Tommy on (01429) 420990.