A CAMPAIGN to raise money for the family of a dad who died in hospital after being attacked on a night out now stands at over £6,500.
The fundraiser – on charity website Go Fund Me – was set up by the friends of Hartlepool man Mark Dixon who passed away on Saturday in the James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough.
The 32-year-old was attacked in Victoria Road, in Hartlepool town centre, close to its junction with York Road, in the early hours of Sunday, October 5.
He suffered serious head injuries in the attack and was taken to the hospital where his family kept a round-the-clock vigil.
Mark’s death has devastated his family, including wife Loraine and daughter Ella, but also sent shock waves around the town with hundreds of people leaving online tributes in his memory – many from people he did not even know.
Mark’s mates set up the fund initially hoping to raise £1,000 to help his family cope with bills. But in just six days, 334 people have raised a staggering £6,510 for the heartbroken family.
Floral tributes have been left at the attack scene by many members of Mark’s family and friends.
Mark, who worked for Britton Decoflex on the Oakesway Trading Estate, was part of a group of around a dozen friends, including Glenn, Michael Ross, Gavin Cooper, Brian Littlewood, Paul Dougherty, Dean Lester, James Willis, Roy Allen, Steve Ashton, Philip Graham, Philip Wilson, and Robbie Buckley.
The group visited him in hospital every day following the attack.
Mark was assaulted after the friends went into town after spending the day at Dean Lester’s wedding.
l A 28-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assault and has since been bailed by police.
Officers have been scouring through CCTV footage and making door-to-door inquiries, and also launched a round-the-clock witness line for anyone who has any information. The number to ring is (01642) 302191 or the non-emergency number 101.
To contribute to Mark’s fund log onto http://www.gofundme.com/fiqp5w.