Husband would be proud as punch over fundraiser

Anne Boardman, Tracey Ireland, Andrew Weatherall, Deb Weatherall, Peter Dixon, Paul Baker, Liz Thomas, Ashley Mayes and Carl Boardman.
Anne Boardman, Tracey Ireland, Andrew Weatherall, Deb Weatherall, Peter Dixon, Paul Baker, Liz Thomas, Ashley Mayes and Carl Boardman.

A mum has said her beloved soulmate would be “proud as punch” as a memorial night raises thousands for the hospice who looked after him in his final moments.

Tracey Ireland, from Hest Bank, held a black tie event at Hest Bank Memorial Hall in memory of her husband Ian who died in 2013.

Tracey Ireland

Tracey Ireland

Hundreds of Ian’s family and friends turned up to show their support to the late electrician whilst raising £4255 for the Slyne Road hospice.

Tracey said: “The generosity of people was overwhelming, just seeing everybody having a good time and raising so much for the hospice, it makes you feel like you are giving something back. Ian would have been proud as punch.”

Local businesses including Mint cocktail bar in Lancaster and mentalist Chris Rawlins helped during the evening.

Annie Haygarth, a nurse at the hospice, also attended to discuss the services and the cost of running the hospice on a day to day basis, which shocked the audience.

Ian’s favourite football team, Liverpool, donated a signed shirt from the players and Brendan Rodgers which was auctioned off on the night.

At 10pm on the night the audience sang You’ll Never Walk Alone which was the time when Ian died exactly two years ago on April 25.

Tracey said: “I just think it’s fantastic to raise that much given it costs 10,000 a day for them to run the hospice.”

In 2011 Ian, a local electrician in Slyne village, was diagnosed with myxoma, a noncancerous tumour which occurs in the upper left or right side of the heart.

In February 2013 Ian went into Lancaster St John’s and died there two months later aged just 45.

Tracey was left heartbroken but thankful she was able to spend quality time with her husband when hospice staff took over.