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.