THE family of a disabled Hartlepool man who died earlier this year are holding a charity night in his memory to raise funds for an allotment where “he spent some of his happiest days”.
Alex Simpson suffered from cerebral palsy since birth and was told that he would not live for more than 24 hours.
But plucky Alex, who lived with his parents Mary, 53, and Chris Simpson, 54, in Stockton Road, Hartlepool, defied the odds and enjoyed life – despite his condition and health complications – until he passed away at the age of 31 on August 12.
Today his sister Claire Simpson, and Alex’s brother’s girlfriend Claire Felton, told the Mail that they have organised a charity night in his memory of him.
All money raised will be given to his former carers who have an allotment plot at the Brierton Lane allotment site, in Hartlepool.
They take disabled people there to pot plants and carry out general garden duties or simply to watch and enjoy the surroundings.
His sister Claire, 28, a full-time mum-of-one with a baby on the way, from Borrowdale Street, said: “Alex’s old carer was talking about the allotment, saying that they needed things like hoists, an electricity generator and other equipment.
“We just thought we would try and help out a bit by having a charity night in our Alex’s memory.
“The carer used to take our Alex there and he’d sit and watch.
“Some of his happiest memories were probably there.”
Claire Felton, also 28 and a full-time mum-of-one, from Cornwall Street, added: “Although he suffered with cerebral palsy and he couldn’t move or talk, he would blink for yes and he’d laugh if you pretended to hurt yourself.
“So that’s how we all knew he liked going there.
“We could just tell.
“It gives disabled people somewhere to go and something to do.
“It benefits their lives, so we want to help other people with disabilities.”
So the pair have arranged the fun charity night with a drag act, a karaoke, a chance to win a Hartlepool United signed football, a raffle and tombola.
It will be held at the Catholic Club, in Marlowe Road, in the Rift House area of Hartlepool, on Saturday, October 26, at 7pm, with the entry fee costing £2.
The women would also appreciate prizes for the raffle if anyone has anything they would like to donate.
For further information, or to donate a prize for the event, telephone Claire Felton on 07970 331050.