A Hartlepool social club is organising a top night of entertainment in aid of the family involved in a car crash in France that claimed the lives of a dad and two children.
Paul Wanley, a director of Owton Manor Social Club, was so moved by the tragedy of dad John Crompton and children Morgan Lund and Evie-Lily Crompton, he decided to organise a fundraising night for the family.
John’s partner Makayla Lund and their youngest child, two-year-old Kyle, remain in hospital in France where a number of family members have travelled to support them.
Paul, who works in London as a safety director, said: “I heard about the accident on the news when I was down in London and found out the family were from Hartlepool.
“I couldn’t imagine it happening to me, I have got children and small grandchildren. I just felt so heartbroken about what this family have got to go through now.
“We are trying to raise as much money as we can to help them. The Owton Manor people really stand up when anything like this happens and I’m pretty sure we will have a full house.”
We are trying to raise as much money as we can to help themPaul Wanley, Owton Manor Social Club
Top Freddie Mercury tribute act Billy West from Hartlepool is one of the star acts on the night.
He will be joined on stage by talented town dancer and singer Sean McNicholas.
Paul added: “I do all the organising of entertainment at the club and said ‘let’s do it’ and within two hours had the full show up and running.
“I think it will be a really good night. The Lund family have thanked us for the support and will be there on the night.
“The more money we raise the better.”
The charity night takes place at the Owton Manor Social Club, Wynyard Road, Hartlepool, on Friday, May 20.
Tickets are £5, available from behind the bar, and the club is hoping to sell 300.
There will also be additional fundraising activities on the night including raffles.
John, 31, a talented snooker player, Morgan and Evie-Lily died following the car crash on a motorway near Dijon on Sunday, April 24.
On Thursday, hundreds of purple and white balloons were released in tribute to the family at Barnard Grove Primary School where Morgan and Evie-Lily had attended.
Online funding pages have so far raised more than £13,000 for the family.