THE loved ones of a dad-of-six have raised almost £1,000 for a memorial in his honour.
Friends and family of George Mullen gathered at New Drive playing fields, in Seaham, to take part in a football match in his memory.
The 30-year-old died at his home in Frederick Street in the town on June 5.
Fellow members of Harley’s snooker club in North Terrace took on a team of friends.
The club ran out 10-6 winners and were presented with a trophy. Organisers are planning to make it an annual event.
The event, which also included a raffle and was followed by a reception at Harley’s, raised enough cash to pay for a bench and plaque for the cemetery in Lord Byron’s Walk, where George is buried.
His partner Sarah Armstrong, 27, said: “We want to thank everybody that came along. There was a really good atmosphere and a big turn-out.”
Businesses which supported the day included Home Flair Blinds, in Seaham Grange Industrial Estate, where George used to work before moving to Robinson Timber Kit, on Fox Cover Industrial Estate. Others were Millie’s Cookies at Dalton Park, Byron Place shopping centre, Martino’s restaurant, The Crow’s Nest pub, Summer Breeze, Seaham Golf Club, The Seaton Lane Inn, Funshack and Studio 88.
It is believed George took his own life.
An inquest into his death was opened and adjourned by the coroner as further inquiries are carried out ahead of a full hearing.