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A decade of fundraising in memory of Liam Gough

Local man John Gough and his family, including partner Ann Bates, are celebrating a decade of fundraising for Alice House Hospice in memory of John’s late brother and sister.

The annual Liam Gough memorial night, which also pays tribute to Angela O’Hara is held every November in Hartlepool’s Rovers Quoit Club and has now raised over £21,233 to support patients and their families who are affected by incurable illnesses and cared for by Alice House. 2017’s event marked the 10th year of the event and fittingly proved to be the most successful evening to date, raising £2,642.

It was great to see another packed room and we really enjoyed another sell out night. Liam would be proud that ten years from his sudden death his friends and family would have raised so much for him and enjoyed themselves so much. We also remember Angela O’Hara (nee Gough) who was cared for in the Hospice and sadly died in 2003.”

The night included live music from The Jades and The Valentines, as well as a raffle, auction, bingo and other fundraising activities. John and Ann were presented with a special award on the night and thanked for their outstanding contribution to the charity.

Liam & John Gough

Liam & John Gough

Hospice fundraiser Greg Hildreth said “John, Ann and family know how to put on a great night and they do it year after year, coming up with fun new ideas and continue to raise money. I would like to thank them for all of their kindness and hard work; it’s fantastic that ten years down the line, these nights are more popular than ever with people coming out to support a great cause and remember Liam and Angela.”

John wrote a letter to the Hospice, which he wanted to share to thank the many people who supported the event:

“I would like to thank the following people for the part they played in the Liam Gough Memorial Night:

Ian Hewitson of Pockets Papers for printing the tickets free, Dr Ray for the donation, John Stubbs for auction items including football shirts, the Rovers Club Committee and secretary Alan Robson, Angie Louise and Megan for the tombola, Leanne, Gemma and Carl for doing the auction, Leanne, Gemma and Ann for ticket sales, and Don and Maxine for security.

Thanks to the Saxon F.C. and parents who played for the Liam Gough Trophy and raised £220.

Thanks to all who attended or donated prizes, thanks to Greg Hildreth for his input and the Jades and the Valentines who turned out to be a winning combination; both groups were fabulous entertainers.

It was great to see another packed room and we really enjoyed another sell out night. Liam would be proud that ten years from his sudden death his friends and family would have raised so much for him and enjoyed themselves so much. We also remember Angela O’Hara (nee Gough) who was cared for in the Hospice and sadly died in 2003.”

John has already started planning 2018’s event, which is booked for 16 November. Further details will be released closer to the time.

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