Community rallies as fundraiser for tragic Robert Hiscoe passes £21,000

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Tributes: Robert Hiscoe

A fundraiser in memory of a “local legend” who died after an assault at a Farnley pub has so far raised more than £21,000 for his grieving family.

Robert Hiscoe, 37, died in the early hours of last Sunday morning (May 5) at The Butterbowl pub on Butterbowl Drive, Farnley.

Nathaniel Philip, of no fixed abode, has been charged with his murder and appeared at Leeds Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

A fundraiser by friends of Mr Hiscoe was set up earlier this week – and has so far received more than 600 donations.

A crowdfunding page set up in his memory states: “Robert brought so much sunshine, joy and laughter into so many people’s lives. He was a popular friend, a dedicated fundraiser especially for the National Health Service and a super loyal Leeds United fan.

“Robert’s tremendous efforts during the Covid pandemic kept many people entertained when times were tough. He grew a huge support, showing both strength and dedication, to all who watched his live performances.

“Robert was an extremely talented singer and entertainer and on many occasions he gave us all goose bumps.

“He loved his life to the full and always showed compassion and kindness in every situation, he was always the first to help others.

“It’s now our time to support.

“All funds raised will go to his wonderful wife Christina and his beautiful daughters as we want to support them as much as possible during this difficult time. 10% of the funds raised will be given to the NHS as we know how passionate Robert was when fundraising for them and also the incredible work they do on a daily basis.”

A fundraising day/night and other sponsored events will be announced soon.

Donations can be made here.

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