Friends and family keep Hartlepool man’s memory alive

Hartlepool hospice IPU Sister, Denise Shepherd with event organisers John Gough and Ann Bates
Hartlepool hospice IPU Sister, Denise Shepherd with event organisers John Gough and Ann Bates

THE memory of a much-missed Hartlepool man continues to live on after friends and family raised more than £2,000 for the town’s hospice.

Loved ones of Liam Gough, who died aged just 53 on New Year’s Day in 2008, held a seventh annual memorial night.

Held at the Rovers Quoit Club, in Easington Road, it raised £2,356 for Hartlepool & District Hospice.

It takes the total raised in memory of Liam over the last seven years to a £14,556 for the hospice, his family’s chosen charity.

The latest tribute night was organised by Liam’s brother John, featured Freddie Mercury tribute act Billy West, and a surprise performance by comedian Mick Monroe.

The evening was compered by John’s other brother radio DJ and PR man Paul ‘Goffy’ Gough.

As well as the ticket sales, raffles, a charity auction and other games and £2,356 was raised on the night in November.

John said: “I would like to thank all who supported Liam Gough’s seventh tribute day at the Rovers Quoit Club, with special thanks to Virgin Money and Doctor Ray as our main sponsors.

“I’d also like to thank my partner Ann and her daughters Leanne and Gemma, our friends Neil, Chris, Kai, Angie and Louie.”

Liam was a popular social worker and fundraiser, as well as a big Hartlepool United fan.

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

John added: “The players from Saxon Junior teams also played football games which raised £103, our thanks go to all parents and coaches and also our friends who donated raffle prizes to make the evening a great success.”

Hospice fundraiser Greg Hildreth said: “This was another great night and a wonderful tribute to Liam, whose memory lives on through all his family and friends who come along every year.

“I always look forward to this wonderful event and the fantastic results speak for themselves.

“On behalf of the hospice, I would like to thank John and his family and friends for their tremendous support over the years; everyone who contributes to this annual event is helping to make a real difference to the lives of our patients and their