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.
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 daySharon 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.”