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The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) service, Redford Court, thank fundraisers for recent support.

Family and friends of Joe McDermott have held a number of fundraising events in Joe’s memory following his death. Joe died as a result of a brain injury following an unprovoked attacked outside The Stand Park in Litherland in October 2011.

Following Joe’s tragic death, his family and friends have fought to keep his memory alive. They have publically joined the campaign for stricter sentences for “one punch killers” and annually fundraise for a variety of charities.

As part of their annual fundraising activity, Joe’s sister Pat Cobain and his brother John McDermott and their family have held a number of events this summer for the benefit of service users at Redford Court.

A Golf Tournament was held on the 26th of June at Aintree Golf Course attracting seven teams to take part. John worked to secure sponsors for the event and everyone enjoyed a fantastic day.

Other fundraising activities included a memorial night at St Elizabeth’s Social Club Litherland for Joe and a charity football match. Joe, who was fifty-two years old when he died, was an avid Liverpool FC fan, so his family were pleased to host the charity football match at South Sefton FC earlier in July. The McDermott team, won the match 5 – 3 , included five of Joe’s nephews Joey, Sean, Tony, Daniel and Matthew, and Joe’s brother, John.

A total amount of £2,782.60 was raised in memory of Joe and will be used to help service users in BIRT service, Redford Court.

The cheque was recently presented at Redford Court’s Annual Barbeque.

Michael Boardman; Service User and Family Liaison at Redford Court said, “I attended the charity night that Pat and her Family held it was a lovely evening with lots of Family and friends in attendance celebrating Joe’s memory and raising an amazing amount of money. Myself the staff and the service users appreciate and thank the family so much the money has started to benefit the service as we have purchased some new equipment for our gym in our physiotherapy room we also plan to use some of the money for trips out and social evenings at Redford court.”

Joe’s sister, Pat said, “We remember Joe and miss him every day. We are very pleased that the money raised in his memory will benefit others. I would also like to thank Michael, Kerri, the staff and service users at Redford Court who made me very welcome during my visit and I feel very privileged to have been be part of your day.”

Pat, John and the McDermott family would like to thank everybody who took part in this year’s events and for their continuous support which has helped raised to date a total of £10,215.29.