AN annual tribute evening in memory of a much-loved local footballer raised more than £2,000 for a town charity.
The cash raised at the end of last year now means the kind-hearted family and friends of Liam Gough have raised more than £11,200 for Hartlepool & District Hospice since his sad death in 2008.
Liam was just 53 when he passed away on New Year’s Day.
But his family have raised money in his memory by organising a popular charity night every year for the Wells Avenue-based hospice.
The latest fundraiser, held in November at the Rovers Quoit Club, in Easington Road, was another huge success, with all of the tickets selling out in advance. Well-known Freddie Mercury impersonator Billy West, himself a supporter of the hospice, provided the entertainment on the night while raffles and auctions also helped boost the total.
The organiser, Liam’s brother, John, said: “It is incredible that people turn out year after year in memory of Liam and dig deep in their pockets to raise funds for our wonderful hospice.”
As well as thanking the Rovers Quoit Club committee, John thanked the youngsters from Saxon FC’s junior teams who played a charity match for the Liam Gough Memorial Trophy, raising a fantastic £146.50 towards the overall total.
Hospice events co-ordinator Greg Hildreth said: “This is a night I look forward to every year and it never disappoints.
“They are always great fun and a lovely way to keep Liam’s memory alive.”