Poignant tribute to young mum

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HUNDREDS of people helped pay tribute to a tragic mum when they turned up for a fundraising evening in her memory.

The poignant event for the family of Vicky Clayton was held at the Staincliffe Hotel in Seaton Carew and organiser Val Armstrong said: “It was a tremendous success which was enjoyed by everyone.”

Vicky’s husband Bobby said: “It was a brilliant night and it was overwhelming.”

The event had numerous highlights including a variety show with singers and dancers, including Ruff Diamond and Lil Diamondz.

The Riverside gymnastic display team and some of the championship title holders at Val’s studio in Whitby Street South, Hartlepool, also performed.

Vicky was celebrating her 33rd birthday when she collapsed in Asda car park, in Hartlepool, and died in May.

Town music teacher Val, 47, read about the heart-breaking story in the Mail and decided she wanted to organise an event – with the help of her son Zac, 21, – in support of Vicky’s loving family.

Val said the evening included a raffle with more than 30 prizes.

She added: “There was also a tombola and a name the teddy competition.

“The show dedicated to Victoria was made up of two halves, giving the audience well over an hour of varied and emotional performances. We would like to thank everyone who supported the event.”

Donations to the evening came from sources including the Staincliffe Hotel, Blackford Nurseries, Tesco and Asda, while a dressmakers donated a designer tutu.

Bobby added: “The Staincliffe was packed. At one point, people couldn’t even sit down.”

He said parts of the show were emotional, particular the point where his cousin Olivia Beavis sang Over The Rainbow.

The Clayton family presented Val with a bouquet of flowers at the end of the evening to show their gratitude and Bobby told the Mail: “We are over the moon with what she has done for the family.”