ORGANISERS of an annual fundraiser in memory of a much-loved former local footballer have hailed this year’s event as the best yet.
Dozens of residents played their part in raising cash for Hartlepool & District Hospice at the fifth annual event in memory of Liam Gough.
Liam, who was well known in the local football scene and also worked with adults and youngsters with disabilities and learning difficulties, died on new Year’s Day in 2008, aged 53.
Friends and family have raised £7,000 in his memory since his death, and on Saturday that total was boosted even more.
Two charity football matches between the Gillen Arms and Princess Helena and two junior Saxon FC teams kicked off the day of fundraising before a packed evening event at Rovers Quoit Club, in Easington Road.
Organiser John Gough, 58, who is Liam’s brother, said the exact fundraising total is yet to be confirmed.
But he did reveal the amount raised was a “four-figure sum” and thinks it could be the biggest total to date. John, a dad-of-two who has his own plumbing and heating company and lives in Saddlestone Close, in the town, with wife Ann, 52, said: “It was a brilliant day and night yet again.
“It just gets better and better by the year and once again the support of everybody was absolutely fantastic.
“I think this year could have been the best yet.
“The hospice is benefiting which is brilliant, we just have to keep doing our best to give them a nice big cheque.”
Gillen Arms beat Princess Helena 4-0 in one of the matches while the Saxon under 10s team beat the under 9s 2-1.
The evening event featured a live performance from Fear of Falling as well as successful auctions and raffles.