A CARING family raised £2,500 for charity in a tribute to a “loving and popular” dad.
Alan Hughes died 17 months ago, aged 74, after losing his battle against cancer.
After his death, his kind family started their own fundraising campaign to raise money for the Hartlepool and District Hospice, which cared for the former security worker and shop owner in his final months.
His granddaughter, Jennifer Duffy, 28, completed the Great North Run for the cause.
Her husband John, also set himself a gruelling challenge and completed a coast-to-coast bike ride.
They raised an impressive £500 for the Wells Avenue-based facility. But Alan’s dedicated family weren’t stopping there and they organised their own fundraising event in his memory.
The charity night was held at the Hartlepool Supporters Club, in Sandringham Road, Hartlepool, where Alan was a regular and included a raffle and an auction.
The night raised another £2,000 for the hospice and the family proudly handed over the cheque this week.
Alan, who was a dad of four, was also a granddad of nine and a great-granddad of four.
Alan’s daughter, Bev Andrews, 49, helped to organise the event and said she was taken aback by the support for her dad.
Bev, who is a mum-of-three, who lives in Harvester Close, in Seaton Carew, with her husband, David, 45, said: “We never expected to raise as much money this.
“But people have just been so generous.
“The events have shown just how popular my dad was and it makes me so proud.
“I’ll never forget when we pulled up outside the church at my dad’s funeral, the amount of people there was just incredible.
“The vicar said he has never seen anything like it.”
Bev, who is currently unemployed, praised the work of the hospice and says it was great to give something back and raise money for the charity.
She added: “My dad always said he wanted to stay at home and didn’t want to go to a hospice, but once he had been he thought it was fantastic.
“I know it would make him happy to see us raising money to help them out.
“He was such a happy go lucky man and always had a smile on his face.
“He had an impact on so many peoples lives.”
Greg Hildreth, events and community facilitator at the hospice, said: “It’s great to see how everyone has worked together with their fundraising in memory of Alan.
“I’d like to say a huge thankyou on behalf of everyone at the hospice to Alan’s family for raising such a fantastic amount of money through different fundraising activities.
“We’d also like to thank everyone who supported Jennifer and John, or supported the charity night.
“All of these people have helped to make a real difference to the local community.”