Annual tribute to popular Liam

Liam and John Gough.
Liam and John Gough.

A TRIBUTE event is to be held for the fourth consecutive year in memory of a popular social worker and fundraiser who suddenly lost his life.

Liam Gough was just 53 when he died on New Year’s Day in 2008.

As well as working with adults and youngsters with disabilities and learning difficulties, Liam was also well-known on the local football scene.

Since his death, his dedicated family have organised a charity football match and fundraising evening every year to raise money for Hartlepool & District Hospice, a charity which was extremely close to his heart.

The three previous events have raised £4,500 for the Wells Avenue-based facility.

The fourth annual event, organised by Liam’s brother, John Gough and his family, is taking place on Saturday, November 12.

Local teams Mill House and Princess Helena will battle it out in a football match at Grayfields, in the town, during the day before the evening event, to be held at Rovers Quoit Club, in Grainger Street, Hartlepool.

The event, which gets underway at 7pm, features a disco, live music from Fear of Falling, a raffle, auction and bingo and will be compered by another of Liam’s brothers, Paul Gough.

A Hartlepool United player will also present a trophy to the winning football team.

Organiser John said: “Liam would be thrilled that four years later, all of his team-mates would still be playing a football match in his memory.

“He never forgot how caring the hospice was to his sister, Angela O’Hara who died in 2003.

“There is always a lot of interest and each year more than 200 people have turned out to remember him.”

Francis McAllister, director of fundraising at Hartlepool & District Hospice, said: “Liam was a proud supporter of the hospice and to see his family continuing this in his memory means a great deal to everyone at the hospice.

“I would like to thank the Gough family for their continued support.”

Tickets, priced at £3 are available from John on (01429) 276749 or Alan Robinson on (01429) 272158.