Group set-up in memory of Craig has reached the £50k milestone

When 24-year-old Lynemouth lad Craig Williamson died in 2007 from an undetected heart defect, his friends decided to hold a special Craig’s Day each October to remember their mate and raise money for the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

Friday, 11th October 2019, 1:28 pm
Updated Friday, 18th October 2019, 8:48 pm
Susan Williamson and Craig’s Day group members with the £50,000 BHF certificate and Craig’s Day trophy.
Susan Williamson and Craig’s Day group members with the £50,000 BHF certificate and Craig’s Day trophy.

Twelve years later, the group is celebrating the £50,000 milestone and with extra funds raised this year from a Queen tribute night, another Craig’s Day, and a tribute to Abba, members are ‘on their way to £60k’ to fund research in the North East.

Craig’s mum, Susan, said: “It’s great to see Craig’s friends getting together every year and although it’s always bittersweet because we miss him so much, the amount they’ve raised in his memory is absolutely phenomenal.”

Fund-raising co-ordinator Joanne Fairfax said: “This is an incredibly generous village, with everyone coming together to support the day.

“There’s a fantastic community spirit and that’s what makes the day so special.”

BHF local manager Carolyn Reynolds is full of praise for the team who work so hard each year.

She added: “Heart and circulatory disease still kills around one in four people in the UK, and every pound raised will help our researchers beat heart disease for good.

“Events like Craig’s Day and the hard work of our supporters in the community – year in, year out – means we’ll keep making a difference. Their work is truly life-changing.”