Thousands raised for hospice in honour of local football stalwart

Ged Coles (second left) hands over a cheque to Cransley Hospice in the name of her late partner Danny Liquorish

Ged Coles (second left) hands over a cheque to Cransley Hospice in the name of her late partner Danny Liquorish

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A cheque for nearly £5,000 has been handed over to a Kettering hospice by the partner of former footballer Danny Liquorish.

The Rothwell Town and Corby Town player died three years ago at the age of just 46 after a battle against cancer, and his partner Ged Coles set up the Danny Liquorish Trust to raise money for Cransley Hospice.

She said: “The reason we did it was because the nurses at the hospice were just phenomenal. The care they gave was beyond fantastic – they made the very best of a horrible situation.”

About 180 of Danny’s friends and family attended a ball in his name earlier this month at the Best Western Hotel in Corby. A raffle included a t-shirt signed by Olympic star Jessica Ennis and drumsticks signed by the band One Direction. The prizes meant Ged was able to hand over a cheque for £4,932 on Saturday, November 17, to staff at the hospice.

Ged added: “People are so generous in terms of what they give us.”

She has already started planning next year’s annual ball, and hopes it will help the trust go past the £50,000 barrier of money raised since Danny’s death in November 2009.