Fundraiser in memory of tragic fisherman Lee Renney

Lee Renney,22,  from Hartlepool who died on a family fishing trip at sea on September 2, 2016
Lee Renney,22, from Hartlepool who died on a family fishing trip at sea on September 2, 2016

The family of a young Hartlepoool man who tragically lost his life in a fishing accident are raising funds for charity in his memory.

Lee Renney died a year ago, aged just 22, when his foot became entangled in ropes while he was setting fishing pots and he was dragged overboard and under the water.

Now his family are gearing up to hold a night of music and entertainment in his memory to raise funds for charity the Fisherman’s Mission.

The organisation reaches out to both active and retired fishermen by providing practical, spiritual and financial support – as well as a vital emergency response service.

The event will take place on Saturday from 3pm to 11pm in The Pot House, on the Headland.

It will feature local artists including Ruth Bains, Oxaneye and two of Lee’s cousins - Faye Aprinall and Kyle Cullen.

Faye, 36, has organised the event along with Lee’s family.

She said: “The event is a day and night of music, with several acts from the area.

“I will be playing with my band ‘Yes Miss’ and Kyle Cullen - who wrote a song about Lee with my brother Brett last year - will also be performing.

“Superintendent Peter Dade from the Fisherman’s Mission will be attending and he has been heavily involved with Lee’s family since the accident.

“Peter will be manning a street collection stall outside the venue.”

The fun event will also feature raffles and stalls to raise further funds for the charity.

Entry is free, but visitors are asked to make a donation of their choice to the cause.

Earlier this month Hartlepool residents also gathered to pay tribute to Lee when a commemorative plaque was unveiled at Hartlepool Fish Quay by Mr Renney’s family.

It was held alongside a poignant blessing of the fleet ceremony attended by North East area officials of the Fishermen’s Mission, local RNLI volunteers and Hartlepool Sea Cadets.

Mrs Aspinall, an English teacher from the town, added: “There will be nine different acts on throughout the day who are all from Hartlepool. There will also be raffles and stalls.
“We hope to raise a couple of hundred pounds for the cause and we are hoping for a big turn out and may get some people from the beach to come along.

“It will be a family friendly event and we hope we can make it an annual event in the town.”