Charity event in memory of Peter


FUNDRAISING friends of a 26-year-old killed in a road crash last year are organising a charity event in his memory.

Peter Tighe was the passenger in a red Nissan Micra when it collided with a lorry on the A179 sliproad junction with the A19, in August last year.

Peter, from the Headland, was airlifted to James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, but died soon after his arrival.

Devastated friends and family paid tribute to the victim and now, almost a year after his death, they are organising a charity event to raise money in his memory.

Peter’s large group of pals are planning to put themselves through the pain barrier during a sponsored wax and are urging people in the town to join them.

The event is taking place on Friday, August 5, at the Cosmopolitan Hotel, on the Headland.

A number of daring people have already signed up to have their chests or legs waxed but plenty of places are still available for others who are interested.

All the money raised on the night will be going towards the Great North Air Ambulance.

Sandra Hunter, 59, the mum of Christopher, 28, one of Peter’s close friends, helped to organise the event.

Sandra, a safety officer, who lives in Durham Street on the Headland with husband Richard, 54, a project manager at Tees Valley Unlimited, said: “His friends are obviously still devastated about what happened to Peter.

“He was such a firm favourite among his friends and they wanted to organise an event in his memory.”

Peter and his pals always enjoyed a day out at the Headland Carnival, so it was decided they would hold the event while this year’s carnival was taking place.

Friends and organisers don’t have a target of how much they hope to raise but are hoping dozens of people turn out on the night.

“I think it will be a very good night,” added Sandra, who is also mum to Jennifer Bailly, 30.

“Everyone wants to make sure they enjoy themselves for Peter.

“Carnival time is a time they always associate with Peter. We will be pleased with any amount of money we raise for the Great North Air Ambulance.”

The event on Friday takes place from 7.30pm-9.30pm.

Everybody is welcome along and people can donate money to be waxed themselves or tear a strip off someone.