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Pub crawl will remember popular South Shields barman

RAISING A GLASS... friends of Jack Finlay, left to right, Kate Anderson, Rachel Crawford, Raju Choudhury
RAISING A GLASS... friends of Jack Finlay, left to right, Kate Anderson, Rachel Crawford, Raju Choudhury

FRIENDS have organised a charity pub crawl in memory of a South Tyneside barman.

Jack Finlay, of Whiteleas, South Shields, died suddenly last December at the age of just 22.

To mark the first anniversary of his death, friends have organised a fund-raising pub crawl on Monday, December 22, to raise funds for South Tyneside District Hospital’s intensive care unit.

The popular barman, who worked at Dusk nightclub in Mile End Road, South Shields, received treatment there before he died.

Friend Kate Anderson, 21, a supply teaching assistant, from South Shields, said: “We all wanted to do something to mark the first anniversary, so we came up with the idea of a pub crawl.

“We all used to work together on the weekend behind the bar, so on a Monday we’d go out in Sunderland, that would be our night out.

“That’s why we thought we’d hold it on Monday.”

Kate, along with friends Rachel Crawford and Raju Choudhury, are selling T-shirts with Jack’s picture on to try and boost funds on the night.

The pub crawl will begin at Establishment, in Low Road, Sunderland, at 9pm

Kate said: “We asked Jack’s mam what charity she’d like us to give the money to and she said the hospital’s intensive care unit, so we’re trying to raise as much as possible.

“We’ve invited more than 100 people on Facebook, so hopeful lots of people will come along and support us.

“I know Jack would have loved it as he really enjoyed going out.”

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