Memorial event for South Shields woman killed by partner boosts funds

Fundraiser in memory of Gemma Finnigan at The Mile
Fundraiser in memory of Gemma Finnigan at The Mile

A fundraiser in memory of a South Tyneside woman who was killed by her partner has helped raise vital funds for a baby care unit.

Family and friends of Gemma Finnigan pulled together a children’s fun day and disco in aid of the Special Care Baby Unit at South Tyneside District Hospital.

Gemma Finnigan

Gemma Finnigan

The cause was chosen as it was close to the 24-year-old’s heart, and the day, held at The Mile in South Shields, raised £720.30 for the unit.

Gemma was killed by her partner Daniel Johnson in the home they shared in Church View, Boldon, in September 2013.

The event was organised as a way of celebrating Gemma’s life and was one of two fundraising ventures set up by her friends and family to mark the second anniversary of her death.

A sponsored pyjama walk on September 13 also raised cash for the special care baby unit.

We can’t thank people enough for making it a special day

Sharon Potter

Family friend, Sharon Potter, who helped organise the fun day, said: “It was an excellent day and we can’t thank people enough for helping to make it such a special event in Gemma’s memory. When we first came up with the idea we never imagined the level of support or help we would receive from the public – everyone has been amazing.

“We were overwhelmed with the donations we received from small businesses in South Tyneside.

“We would like to say a special thank you to Trevor who did the disco, Katrina who did facepainting, Vic, who donated a wishing well for us to auction, and CE Sports, who donated the use of mascots.

“All those who were at the event said they had a brilliant time.”