Gig to raise cash in memory of dad Liam

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THE Wild West will come to Southsea for a charity fundraiser in memory of a fun-loving dad.

Cowboy boots, belts and buckles will be the order of the day for the country music gig at The Dockyard Club, in Onslow Road, Southsea.

Singer and guitarist Rick McKay, the father of Liam McKay, will be playing with his band.

It is hoped the event will raise hundreds of pounds for the charity Sads UK.

As reported, Liam, 25, a dad-of-one, of Puffin Walk, Wecock, died from sudden arrhythmic death syndrome, a condition where the heart suddenly stops.

He died last year at his workplace – the Southern Electric call centre in Havant – as he got up from his desk to get a piece of cake during a colleague’s birthday celebration.

Since the tragedy, his family have been determined to raise awareness of the condition.

His sister, Kelly Appleton, of Bedford Drive, Fareham, recently completed a charity walk along with dozens of relatives and friends along Southsea seafront.

The sponsored walk raised more than £900 to fund research into the condition.

A karaoke night at The Brewers Arms, in Milton Road, Milton, also raised £165.

Mrs Appleton said: ‘The gig night is fancy dress and we will have some form of prize for the best costume.

‘The fancy dress is themed, either rock ‘n’ roll or cowboys and cowgirls.’

The gig takes place on Saturday, October 13 from 7.30pm.

Tickets are limited as the venue can only take about 120 people.

Tickets cost £5 and are available from Kelly by emailing