Family hold memorial event for Jarrow fashion designer

Katie Redhead with daughter Ava-Jo Dove and The Lakeside's Derek Crookston  at the fundraising night.
Katie Redhead with daughter Ava-Jo Dove and The Lakeside's Derek Crookston at the fundraising night.

The family of a much-loved fashion designer has joined forces with a South Tyneside pub to host a fundraising night in his memory.

The death of Christopher Redhead, aged 31, last year, left a huge hole in the hearts of those who knew him.

Now, his family are hoping people will join them at the Lakeside pub in Fellgate on Saturday, November 21, to remember the popular son, brother, uncle and friend.

The event has been organised by his family with support from the pub and will feature the unveiling of a memorial in tribute to Christopher, who used to visit the pub.

Money raised on the day, which will feature children’s activities in the afternoon, including bouncy castles, facepainting and mascots, and DJs on the night, will be split between good causes Stay True and South Tyneside-based The Cruse Crew.

There will also be auctions and raffles throughout the event.

Stay True provides support to those suffering from issues associated with mental health, while the Cruse Crew provides activities for children and families who have suffered the loss of a loved one.

His younger sister Katie Redhead, 26, said: “Since Chris died, it has been really hard for us all.

“He was such a larger than life character and into everything.

“He was so supportive of his family and would do anything for us.

“We were so close, as he was with all his family, and my daughter Ava-Joe loved spending time with him – she has been left devastated by his death.

“Every night she wishes him a good night – it has just been hard for us all.”

Chris grew up in Jarrow but a year before his death had moved to Tynemouth. He had started fashion company Redstar Clothing and loved travelling, surfing, skateboarding and owned a Harley Davidson motorbike.

He had been looking at starting his second clothing line shortly before his death.

Manager of the Lakeside Derek Crookston said: “The pub is supporting the family with the fundraiser as Christopher was a local lad.

“We are happy to get behind the event, which will include the unveiling of a memorial to Christopher. “

Christopher leaves behind, mum Denise, 53, sister Katie, 26, brother Ben, 23 and nieces Ava-Jo, six, and Aedi-Mae, two.

Tickets for the event, starting at 2pm, cost £5.