Hospice fundraiser remembers man who died on New Year’s Day

Liam & John Gough
Liam & John Gough

FRIENDS and family of a much-missed man are getting ready for fundraising night in his memory.

Loved ones of Liam Gough have raised over £11,000 for Hartlepool & District Hospice since his untimely death at the age of just 53 on New Year’s Day in 2008.

The night – the seventh annual such fundraiser in Liam’s memory – is organised by his brother John.

It will be compered by Liam’s brother and regular hospice supporter Paul ‘Goffy’ Gough and will feature live music from Freddie Mercury tribute act Billy West.

The memorial night takes place at the Rovers Quoit Club, Easington Road, on Friday, November 14, from 7pm.

Greg Hildreth, events fundraiser for the hospice, said: “This is always a great night and a fantastic annual fundraiser for the hospice.

“Billy West is a fabulous entertainer and great supporter of the hospice, so I would urge people to book their tickets early to avoid disappointment.”

As well as live entertainment there will also be raffles and an auction with a selection of prizes.

Organisers are advising people thinking of going to book their tickets early as the event has been a sell out every year.

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

The hospice was close to his and his family’s hearts as it cared for his sister, Angela O’Hara, before she passed away aged 54.

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

Two charity football matches in his memory will also be played by The Saxon Junior teams on Stranton School Field on the morning of Saturday, November 15.

Tickets for the charity night are £4 and can be bought from John Gough on 07904 641875 or the hospice direct on (01429) 855529.