After the tragic death of a beloved dad, teacher, and blogger, his local cricket club has set up a fundraiser and charity cricket match to raise money for his bereaved family.

Dean Robinson died last week, following a six-year battle with cancer, leaving behind his wife Rebecca, and three children, Jake, 26, Liam, 16, and Lily, 10.

Seaham Harbour Cricket Club has set up a support fund for the family in Dean’s memory after a discrepancy in Dean’s life insurance application meant that Legal and General refused to pay out.

Despite a hard-fought legal battle to challenge the decision, the Robinson family were unsuccessful, leaving them with a large financial burden following Dean’s death.

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The cricket club has set up a GoFundMe campaign, which can be found here, to raise money in Dean’s memory. Donations will go towards getting the family home “in order” and helping the family through the difficult period.

Joanne Crosby, for the cricket club, said: “Dean was a much-respected member of the Seaham community and was an integral part of Seaham Harbour Cricket Club where he would host regular quiz nights and often took over the microphone on karaoke nights.

“Anybody that knew Dean Robinson would tell you that he was a fun-loving, hilarious, intelligent man and friend to many.

“As a schoolteacher, Dean touched the hearts and souls of so many children, their families, and his colleagues.

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“Since 2017 Dean fought long and hard against pancreatic cancer. Towards the end of his life, Dean became a huge inspiration for everybody around him, documenting his final weeks in his personal blog.

“When Dean was told that his illness had become terminal he had hoped to be able to use his life insurance policy to get his house in order and take away the worry for Rebecca when the time came that he was no longer able to provide.

“Unfortunately, due to a discrepancy on his life insurance application form Legal and General refused to pay out.

“Although the family got legal representation and fought hard to get the decision challenged, they were unsuccessful and so understandably this burdened the family financially.”

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In addition to running the memorial fund, which can be accessed here, Seaham Harbour Cricket Club is also set to host a tournament in Dean’s honour.

On May 13, the club will play host to eight teams, each of ten novice teams, as part of the Dean Robinson Big Bash. On the day, there will also be a raffle, for which the club would be grateful of any donations.

In addition to this, the club will be live-streaming Dean’s funeral in the clubhouse on Wednesday, April 5 at 2 pm, for all who are not able to attend the crematorium.