Mum cues the music to remember little Ethan
THE mum of tragic Ethan George Hopson says fundraising in her late son's memory is helping her to cope with her grief.
Karly Hopson, 23, from Grimsby, attended a charity concert – called Make A Musical Wish For Ethan George Hopson, at Cueworld – in Victoria Street, Grimsby.
The event raised more than £800 for Sheffield Children's Hospital, where six-month-old Ethan was treated and died just before Christmas.
As reported, Jason Redgrave, 24, of central Grimsby, is currently facing charges of grievous bodily harm with intent in relation to Ethan's death in the early hours of December 22.
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The charges are expected to be increased to either manslaughter or murder.
Baby Ethan's death touched the hearts of thousands of people across the country, who followed his final days on the Make A Wish For Ethan Facebook page set up by Karly.
Messages of support and donations for the hospital began to flood in and – coupled with money raised by a series of local events – the total collected in Ethan's memory now stands at more than £8,000.
Karly said: "I've been overwhelmed by the amount of support people have shown for the fundraising events.
"It's the support which has kept me going and given me something to focus on.
"I know Sheffield hospital did everything they possibly could and I just hope and pray that everything I'm doing can prevent someone going through the same pain and heartache I am."
Fourteen indie and rock bands performed on two stages at the concert on Friday night, which attracted more than 100 music-lovers.
Organising the event was Scott Sellers, who attended Matthew Humberstone School with Karly and has remained a friend ever since.
Scott, whose band Gloomlurker performed on the night, said: "As soon as I heard what had happened I wanted to do something to help.
"It's the first time I've organised a gig, but I'm really pleased with how many bands agreed to get involved."
Among those enjoying the music was Emma McKengry, 35, of Healing.
She said: "It's important to keep Ethan's memory alive and also to do as much as we can for the hospital.
"I heard what they did for him and it was absolutely amazing."
Karly is organising a ladies' night at Cueworld on June 1. Tickets cost £10 in advance or £13 on the door.
She is also organising a walk from Grimsby Minster to Pleasure Island and back again on Thursday, from 2pm, and a two-day walk from Sheffield to Grimsby in May.
Tickets and further information are available on the Make A Wish For Ethan George Hopson Facebook page.
Karly would like to thank JG Sounds for the PA system, the band Wobbly Bob, Grimsby Town for supplying a signed shirt for the raffle and staff at Cardsave who have donated £270 to Ethan's fund.