South Shields daughter raises more than £4,000 in memory of dad

Gemma Smith, with son Albie, presents a cheque to Briony Cragg of St. Claire's Hospice after she held a fundraising day in memory of her father Martin Smith.
Gemma Smith, with son Albie, presents a cheque to Briony Cragg of St. Claire's Hospice after she held a fundraising day in memory of her father Martin Smith.

A fundraiser has raised more than £4,000 for St Clare’s Hospice in memory of her father.

Gemma Smith, 26, from Simonside, South Shields, has raised £4,435.78 for the hospice which cared for her dad Martin Smith.

Mr Smith was cared for at St Clare’s in August 2016 and the charity effort marked one year since his passing.

Gemma and her family organised a charity football match held at Filtrona Park, in South Shields, last month, that also saw her brothers Paul and Daniel Smith take part.

The match was followed by an evening event featuring raffles, an auction and entertainment.

All money raised will directly benefit South Tyneside adults, their families and carers.

Gemma Smith, with son Albie, presents a cheque to Briony Cragg of St. Claire's Hospice after she held a fundraising day in memory of her father Martin Smith. Picture : TOM BANKS

Gemma Smith, with son Albie, presents a cheque to Briony Cragg of St. Claire's Hospice after she held a fundraising day in memory of her father Martin Smith. Picture : TOM BANKS

Gemma said: “I would like to thank everyone that came and supported our charity night that my family and I organised in aid of St Clare’s Hospice to mark my dad’s first anniversary.

“My dad was only in St Clare’s for 17 hours, but in such a short space of time the hospice did everything to make my dad pain-free and comfortable for the rest of the time he had left with us.

“The nursing team were so caring and understanding - nothing was a problem for them.

“The charity event went really well and the support we received from local businesses and individuals who donated prizes was amazing, in particular I’d like to thank South Shields Football Club, Clarity’s Hair Studio and Simpson’s News for being so generous.”

Briony Cragg, fundraiser at St Clare’s Hospice said: “Gemma has done an amazing job with her fundraising efforts and has raised such a fantastic amount for St Clare’s which will really make a difference to the patients the hospice team care for.

“Thank you to Gemma’s family and friends who helped her organise such a professional and well thought out event and to everyone who took part in the sponsored football match and came along on the day – your support is really appreciated.

“Each year we need to raise £1.4 million in voluntary donations and we rely on the kind support of people like Gemma to help us reach our target.”