A popular Whitby dad will be remembered at a special fundraising night being held to help the two young children he left behind.
Mark Leeman (27), known as ‘Lemmy’ to his family and many friends around Whitby, was killed in August in a horror car smash in the early hours of the morning.
He left behind his two beloved children Emmie (four) and Oscar (three) who will now grow up without their dad but will remember the legacy he left.
Money raised at the event, being organised by family and friends and in particular Whitby Fisherman’s FC where Mark was assistant coach to boss and organiser Mark Storr, will be put into a trust fund for the children.
Mark’s widow Kally said she had been “overwhelmed” by the support and generosity of local people and businesses.
She told the Gazette: “The money will give them a bit of a start in life which their daddy always would have wanted and I am just so overwhelmed by the generosity of all the local businesses and surrounding areas. Also a really massive thank you to Mark Storr and the football lads for everything they have done and are doing.”
The event will be held on Thursday October 15 at the Fisherman’s club on The Cragg from 7pm onwards. Former Leeds United manager and player Eddie Gray, who also had a spell as Whitby Town manager, will be the special guest speaker. In addition there will be a comedian and raffle and auction with various prizes from local businesses including a cricket bat signed by the England Ashes winning team.
Photographer, Richard Saltmarsh will be donating a shoot and will be providing the music entertainment throughout the night.
Mark Storr, manager of Whitby Fisherman’s FC where Lemmy was the assistant coach, is one of the organisers.
He told the Gazette: “When he died we said afterwards that the lads wanted to do something but mainly just to raise a bit of money for the children. The idea was to set up a trust for when they are 18 or 21 and they get a lump of money which is going to be from their dad.
“We had a think about what we could do and as he was a massive Leeds United fan we decided to try and get an ex-player to come down so we got Eddie Gray who has link with Leeds and Whitby.
“We have asked a lot of the local businesses who have been absolutely brilliant. Hopefully everyone will have a good night as well as raising money. Lemmy would have wanted everyone to have a good time, so we will try.”
Mark was killed in the early hours of August 11 when his car left the road and hit the wall of a building on the A171 as he was heading back towards Whitby.