The loved ones of a well-known musician will gather to pay their respects this week after his funeral was funded by friends and fans.
Richard Hammond, known as Dickie, played with Wearside punk band Leatherface, as well as with HDQ, Hex and Doctor Bison.
The response to setting up this page has been unbelievable and the family and those behind this initiative would like to say a massive thank you to all who have donated.The Funeral for a Friend Crowdfunder page
The dad-of-two died suddenly at the age of 49 on Friday, October 30, with his mates launching a Crowdfunder appeal to raise the cash needed to cover his funeral costs.
The appeal raised more than £4,000 within the space of a day, with the fund now at almost £8,500 after 481 people donated to the cause.
The webpage has also been inundated with comments in tribute to the Sunderland AFC fan.
Money left over from the funeral will go to his mum Val and his sons, Evan, seven, and Joe, 28, with the page to remain open for another five days.
The service will be held at 11am on Friday at Sunderland Crematorium.
The page was set up by Anthony Robinson, 33, from Seaham, and his brother-in-law Darren Pike, 49, from Roker, as Dickie and Darren had been friends for many years after meeting through the punk scene.
Guitarist Dickie had also appeared with the Angelic Upstarts, The Dipsomaniacs, Stokoe, The Jones and Toy Dolls.
A statement on the site reads: “Dickie was a leading light in the Sunderland – and indeed worldwide – punk scene for over 30 years and was a unique and special person that lit up the world.
“He was an inspiration to guitarists around the world and left behind a musical legacy to be proud of.
“He made little money from his unique talent but what he did was forge many friendships, and this made him the richest man in the world in his eyes.
“The response to setting up this page has been unbelievable and the family and those behind this initiative would like to say a massive thank you to all who have donated.”
Donations can be made via www.crowdfunder.co.uk/help-for-hammond/