Concert in Mo’s memory is cash tonic for hospital

Sue McEvoy hands a cheque for �620, raised at a benefit concert held in memory of her husband Mo, to ITU Sister Emma Ibbotson and Ward Clerk Bev Higham in the Relatives' Room at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

Sue McEvoy hands a cheque for �620, raised at a benefit concert held in memory of her husband Mo, to ITU Sister Emma Ibbotson and Ward Clerk Bev Higham in the Relatives' Room at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

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A charity concert in memory of a popular Fleetwood man has raised more than £600 for the Intensive Care Unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

A charity concert in memory of a popular Fleetwood man has raised more than £600 for the Intensive Care Unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

The concert, which paid tribute to Maurice (Mo) McEvoy at the Steamer pub in Fleetwood, featured several musical acts connected to Mo through The Melody Box music shop on Poulton Street, which he and his wife Sue owned for 11 years.

Mo was taken ill at the end of last year when it was discovered he had the genetic disorder haemochromatosis, which means there was too much iron in his body.

Despite doctors’ efforts to treat his condition, Mo, 53, was rushed on to the Intensive Care Unit (ITU) at Blackpool on January 5 and put into a 
coma. Tragically, he died in the unit seven days later.

The concert, on Sunday February 1, raised a total of £620, which has now been presented to Blue Skies Hospitals Fund, the charity behind Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Sue, of London Street, Fleetwood, said: “Mo’s friends wanted to put on a benefit concert in Mo’s memory, and I suggested it raised money for the ITU, particularly for the relatives’ room upstairs.

“I spent five days in that room, and I don’t know what I would have done without it.

“It meant I could spend all day with Mo, from 8am to 10pm at the unit, and sleep at the hospital. If anything went wrong they could just call me and I’d be there in minutes.

“I didn’t know this room existed until I had to stay here, and I hope this money helps other families who are unfortunate enough to have to use it.

“I just want to say a huge thank you, not only to all the staff on the ITU who helped me and Mo, but to all the people in Fleetwood who put on a fantastic event in Mo’s memory and helped to raise this impressive amount of money.”

Emma Ibbotson, a sister in charge at ITU, said the staff on the Unit were thinking of ways to improve the relatives’ room.

She added: “We are so grateful for this very generous donation.”