Family of one-punch attack victim Mark Dixon raise thousands for hospital

Mark Dixon with wife Loraine and daughter Ella.
Mark Dixon with wife Loraine and daughter Ella.

The family of a beloved dad who was killed in a one-punch attack have donated thousands to the hospital which cared for him.

Mark Dixon’s devastated family say their fundraising ‘is a way of keeping his memory going’ after he died days after being attacked on a night out in Hartlepool.

Gary Horton (left) and Michael Ross (right) with Dr Uwe Franke after they presented him with �2,023 from the ICU at James Cook Hospital, Middlesbrough. Picture by FRANK REID

Gary Horton (left) and Michael Ross (right) with Dr Uwe Franke after they presented him with �2,023 from the ICU at James Cook Hospital, Middlesbrough. Picture by FRANK REID

Mark tragically lost his life aged just 32 after being punched in a random attack in Victoria Road in Hartlepool in October 2015.

Paul Sutton, 29, formerly of Raby Gardens, launched the attack when Mark questioned him about a remark he made when they walked past each other.

The force of the blow knocked Mark unconscious and he hit his head hard on the pavement and Mark, from Peterlee, died in James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, six days later.

Sutton was found guilty of manslaughter following a trial at Teesside Crown Court and was jailed for six years.

In the wake of the tragedy the family of the married dad-of-one have come together to raise more than £6,000 in his memory, with £2,023 going the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough, as a way of giving back to the staff who cared for him.

More than £4,000 is now going to be put into a trust fund for Mark’s daughter Ella.

A range of charity events have been held, including a charity football match in July.

The latest saw his cousin Gary Horton and good friend Michael Ross donate £2,023 to the ICU ward, thanks to generous donations from the Hartlepool community.

Gary, 48, called it an ‘emotional day,’ but said he was pleased the family could show their appreciation for what the hospital did for Mark.

He said: “The ICU ward cared for Mark before he passed away and our fundraising is a way of keeping his memory going.

“We held our annual football charity match back in July in Greatham and other people have helped us with things like raffles and a golf day.

“We have even had a £10 bonus ball with the prize being a holiday at Primrose Valley worth around £600.

“In the last three years we have raised £6,049 and we have had unbelievable support from people in the community who have rallied around and with things like raffle prizes.

“All Mark’s family and friends have been behind the fundraising and it is going to be emotional to hand over the cheque.

“It is going to a good cause and we know that the hospital staff did everything they could for Mark.

“They fought until the end for him and all the nurses and consultants did everything they could for him.”