A huge sum of money has been handed to Cransley Hospice in memory of a former football stalwart who died in 2009.
Danny Liquorish, who made more than 350 appearances as a goalkeeper for Rothwell Town, died at the age of 46 after an eight-month battle with cancer.
His partner Ged Coles then teamed up with a group of Danny’s friends and family in a bid to raise £50,000 before what would have been Danny’s 50th birthday in September last year.
They smashed their target, raising £57,745 through organising a series of sponsored events, skydives and huge balls at the Best Western Hotel in Corby.
On Saturday, Ged visited Cransley Hospice to hand over £8,000 raised during the last ball – which was attended by about 200 people.
She said: “The support we have had over the past few years from so many people has been overwhelming.
“It just goes to show how much people cared about Danny.”
Ged said that while she and the rest of the group had reached their target, she did not think that would bring the curtain down on the fundraising.
She said: “I don’t think we’ll be organising huge events like the balls we have done in the past few years, but there might be a few smaller fundraisers.”
Ged said she had been inspired to raise money for Cransley Hospice because of the great work carried out there in Danny’s final months.
She added: “The help and support they gave us was absolutely phenomenal.
“We wanted to give something back to them and started organising events and fundraisers. In the first year we set ourselves a target of £30,000 and we totally smashed that and raised almost £40,000.
“After that we organised fewer events but kept on doing the balls at the Best Western Hotel.”
Fundraising manager at Cransley Hospice Diana Patrick praised the efforts of Danny’s friends and family in raising the enormous sum.
In a long amateur footballing career, Danny played for both Rothwell Town and Corby Town. He was later a goalkeeping coach for Wellingborough Town and assistant manager at Cogenhoe United.