Fans and friends of a Sunderland guitarist who died at the age of 50 have rallied round to give him the send off he deserves.
Richard Hammond, known as Dickie, was a member of punk band Leatherface, as well as HDQ, Hex and Doctor Bison.
I think the response to the appeal has been fantastic, absolutely brilliant, and it just goes to show how much Dickie was respected and had so many friends.Dickie Hammond
The dad-of-two and Sunderland AFC supporter also played with the Angelic Upstarts, The Dipsomaniacs, Stokoe, The Jones and Toy Dolls.
The cause of Dickie’s death is unknown, but he is known to have suffered alcohol-related health issues in recent years.
His friends have raised more than £4,000 needed to pay for his funeral within the space of a day, with the rest to be gifted to Dickie’s mum Val.
Anthony Robinson, 33, from Seaham, helped his brother-in-law Darren Pike, 49, from Roker, set up the campaign after Dickie and Darren became friends through the punk scene.
“Dickie was very much a free spirit and lived in the day and he didn’t make a big deal through his music,” said Anthony.
“I think the response to the appeal has been fantastic, absolutely brilliant, and it just goes to show how much Dickie was respected and had so many friends.”
Funeral arrangements for Dickie, who was dad to Evan, seven, and Joe, 28, are still to be confirmed.
Donations to Dickie’s fund can be made via www.crowdfunder.co.uk/help-for-hammond/.