Fundraiser in Vicky’s memory

Val Armstrong and son Zac with Ellie Mae, Bobby junior and dad Bobby
Val Armstrong and son Zac with Ellie Mae, Bobby junior and dad Bobby

A KIND-HEARTED dance teacher is planning a fundraising event to support the family of a tragic young mum.

Vicky Clayton was celebrating her 33rd birthday and her son Bobby’s first birthday when she collapsed in Asda car park, in Hartlepool, last month.

Medics were unable to save Vicky, who just six days earlier had given birth to her second child, Ellie Mae.

Her husband Bobby, 28, and the rest of her family and friends were left devastated by the death of Vicky, who was described as a person who loved and rejoiced in life at her funeral.

Town music teacher Val Armstrong, 47, read about the heart-breaking story and decided she wanted to organise an event in support of Vicky’s loving family.

With the help of her son, Zac, 21, who is the choreographer of town hip-hop dance group Ruff Diamond, Val is now looking for a venue in the town which can hold 500 people for an action-packed variety show.

The mum-of-three who runs Val Armstrong School of Dance, says the Mayfair Centre, in Seaton Carew, the Town Hall Theatre, in Raby Road or the Borough Hall, on the Headland, would all be ideal for the event.

Val, who lives in Greatham with husband Mark, said: “I didn’t know Vicky but we do quite a lot of fundraising work and as soon as we saw what had happened we decided we wanted to do something in support of the family.

“It’s absolutely devastating, you can’t begin to imagine what Bobby and the rest of Vicky’s family are going through.”

Val, who is a mum of Hollie Sorelle, 25, Zac Healey, 21, and Corey Healey, 17, added: “If we can get a venue for 500 people and sell tickets at £7 each with raffles and other things going on as well we are going to raise quite a lot of money.

“It’s a heart-breaking story, we just want to help out in any way we can.”

Bobby, who lives in Armadale Grove, in the town, says he has been taken aback by the support of residents since the tragedy last month.

He visits Vicky’s grave every morning and every evening to light a candle in her memory.

He said: “The support we have had from people has been overwhelming.

“Obviously this isn’t a nice time to meet new people but it’s a time like this when you get to meet so many nice people.

“I have been getting messages from people I don’t even know, it’s nice to know the support is there.”

The fundraising evening is being planned for the evening of Friday, July 13.

Anyone who can offer a venue, or raffle prizes for the event, should call (01429) 284706 or email