An appeal has been launched to help the family of tragic sea death teenager Liam Hall.
The 17-year-old, from Southwick, died after he was pulled from the sea off Roker beach after an afternoon out in a dinghy with friends turned to disaster on Tuesday, August 30.
Despite the best efforts of bystanders who went to his aid and the emergency services, the Sunderland College trainee mechanic died in hospital a short time after he was airlifted from the seafront.
A tearful farewell was said to the former Sandhill View student at his funeral at Sunderland Crematorium, with the family supported by funeral director Tony Clarke.
Now the firm has helped set up a Go Fund Me page to cover the cost of the service and help his mum Sarah, 38, brothers Ryan, 20, and Lewis, 18, and sister Olivia, eight.
Medium Suzanne Gill has also pledged to donate funds raised from an evening she is hosting to the family.
As a mother, I can understand it must be very painful for Sarah.Jacqui Thynne
The night has been planned with the help of Jacqui Thynne, who works for Tony, with Liam’s family invited to be part of the audience.
She said: “As a mother, I can understand it must be very painful for Sarah.
“We’ve had contact with the family, Liam’s mam and his grandparents and brothers and sister, and I wanted to do something for them and do everything I can.”
The night of mediumship will be held at South Hylton Workingmen’s Club on Wednesday, October 12, and will also include a raffle and prizes which have been donated by Wearside businesses.
All money made from the tickets will go to the Halls.
Admission is £10 and the doors will be open from 7.30pm.
A target of £1,500 has been set up on the donations site, with £160 gifted so far.
Liam was with girlfriend Courtney Richardson, 18, and friends Jack Hanratty, 17, and Natalie Foster, 21, when they sparked the search and rescue operation.
Best friend Jack and Courtney tried to get him back into the boat, which has been near the Old Pier at Sunderland Yacht Club, but the current dragged him down.
He was found by the RNLI, who had worked alongside police and HM Coastguard on the search.
He was then airlifted to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, but he could not be saved.
Jack was also pulled from the water after he got into trouble.
Members of the public tried to swim out to Liam, with two kayakers also joining in the efforts to save him.
Anyone who would like to donate to the fund can visit https://www.gofundme.com/2nk92zvw