Tragic dad’s car raises thousands

Anthony Robinson. Picture By FRANK REID
Anthony Robinson. Picture By FRANK REID

A PRIZED car that was raffled in memory of a brave dad who died from cancer just months before the birth of his daughter has raised £4,420.

Tragic Anthony Robinson died aged just 35 after a short battle with cancer when fiancée Leanne Hall, 36, was 29 weeks pregnant.

Anthony found out he was ill when he collapsed and had a seizure on his way out to a family mass.

Medics found he had a tumour in his bowel and in January the family were told he would have only six weeks left to live. But Anthony managed to defy doctors and bravely battled on before losing his fight in May.

Anthony’s pride and joy, his Subaru car, was put up as a raffle prize to raise money for daughter Amelia and for Hartlepool & District Hospice.

A fundraising evening was also held at the Catholic Club, in Marlowe Road, Hartlepool.

It raised a staggering £4,420, with £822 going to the hospice and £3,500 into a trust fund for Amelia, whose name was chosen by her dad when he saw her on scan pictures before he died. Amelia’s middle name is Toni in memory of her father.

The remaining cash will go to the Becky Bell appeal, a fundraising campaign to send the seven-year-old Hartlepool girl fighting brain cancer on a dream holiday to Disneyland Paris.

Anthony Young, 36, Anthony’s best friend of 20 years, said: “It has been fantastic raising this money, and we are very proud of what we have done.

“It kept us going through a very hard time but now it is over. We can say that we have done what we set out to, and more.

“He is greatly missed. Leanne and Amelia are great, but it has been a very emotional experience for everyone involved.”

Anthony drove the black sports car in front of the hearse at his friend’s funeral and was delighted to see the car won by a Subaru enthusiast who travels to meetings all over the country.

Anthony, who lives in the Rift House area of Hartlepool and works for Hartlepool Families First, added: “It’s gone to a really good home and I know Anthony would have wished for it to go to someone who will love the car as much as he did.”

As well as the Subaru car, there were other prizes on offer, including a week’s accommodation in Tenerife, £100 worth of driving lessons, sunbed sessions and vouchers.