AN annual fundraising event organised in memory of a popular social worker has been hailed as the most successful event to date.
Liam Gough was just 53 years old when he died on New Year’s Day in 2008.
Liam was extremely popular in Hartlepool. As well as working with adults and youngsters with learning difficulties and disabilities, he was also well-known on the local football scene.
Since his death, his loving family have organised an annual event in his memory in support of Hartlepool & District Hospice.
More than £4,500 had been raised for the cause during the three previous events.
But the coffers of the Wells Avenue-based hospice received a huge boost after this year’s event raised an impressive £2,405.50.
Hospice staff spoke of their delight after the day and evening of fundraising took the total raised for the hospice to nearly £7,000.
The evening event, held at the Rovers Quoit Club, in Hartlepool’s Grainger Street featured raffles, games and a live music performance from Fear of Falling.
An auction also took place with popular football and music prizes including merchandise donated by former Newcastle United centre forward Malcolm Macdonald, a keen supporter of the hospice, and Iron Maiden guitarist Janick Gers.
Family and close friends of Liam were also given the opportunity to share memories and anecdotes with the audience.
Before the evening event, two local teams had battled it out in a football match at Grayfields, in the town, as part of the fundraising.
Mill House and Princess Helena, featuring former team mates and pals of Liam lined up, for the match.
Greg Hildreth, events and community facilitator at Hartlepool & District Hospice, said: “As a guest on the night with my wife and friends, I have to say that the Goughs know how to throw a party.
“It was a fantastic evening of entertainment and fundraising and I would like to congratulate all involved for making this year’s event the most successful yet.
“Over the years we have developed a great partnership with the family. I can’t wait to see what happens next year.
“On a serious note though, I think it’s a wonderful way to keep Liam’s memory alive and it was clear to see how much he is missed by his family and many friends.”