MY memories of Tommy Mundon: In 1990 I rang him and said: "This is Geoff Hill Tommy, I wonder if you will be free to help me one night when I will give 30 televisions away to 30 needy causes."
It seemed quiet for a second or two. So I said: "I have a large electrical store near Stourbridge." Then the typical reply came: "You silly s..d Geoff, every b...gger knows yo!"
More than 30 applied, so I got five manufacturers to donate televisions as well. One was a very expensive television and a friend of mine won it for Mary Stevens Hospice so we decided to put on a big do at Brierley Hill Civic Hall and Tommy said he would organise all the "Black Country Performers" to stage it free of charge. So as you can imagine it was a fantastic night and a tremendous amount of charity money was made.
I saw Tommy a lot over the next ten years because I sponsored a lot of charities through my charitable trust. So in the year 2000 we did the same again, only this time it was for 40 televisions. Tommy was the leading light once again and everybody had a great night.
Sadly by 2010 Tommy was not quite up to it health wise, so I had to get another Black Country comedian to fill the role.
Tommy always refused to be paid but I thrust a bottle of whiskey in his bag.
To sum it all up Tommy was just a lovely man, liked by all and the likes of which we will never see again.
On a personal note these events motivated me to do more fund-raising ventures such as opening a chain of charity shops and starting the hospice lottery. These over the next 12 years raised the millions of pounds required for the hospice to carry out their wonderful work.
Geoff Hill, Stourbridge.