Memorial Football Match Raises Funds for Safety Campaign

A football match in memory of Skelton landscape gardener, Liam Hibbins, has raised a tremendous £660 for a campaign to keep pedestrians safe.

Liam Hibbins died when he was struck by a taxi on the Coast Road in Redcar on 8 October 2017. His death is continuing to be investigated by the Senior Coroner for Teesside but concerns have been raised regarding the absence of street lighting at the location.

Liam’s mother, Alison, who organised the “Reds v Blues” match, said: “This football match was about remembering my wonderful son in a way in which he would have liked, being at the heart of the community having fun. Liam was full of life and was loved by so many. Words cannot express the loss I feel every single day”.

David Robinson, Chairman of RoadPeace North East which has received the £660 raised, said: “This football match is a really positive way to remember Liam’s life, and in doing so it is creating a legacy which will help save the lives of others. With the funds received RoadPeace North East will be purchasing glowing wrist bands so that those out at night have an extra chance to be seen”.

The campaign will be officially launched later in the year and will extend to school pupils when winter nights draw in.