Boldon cricket club’s charity effort in memory of tragic friend who died of skin cancer

Family of Ian Bellerby.

Family of Ian Bellerby.

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A CHARITY cricket match is being held in memory of a dad who died from skin cancer.

Just four months after being diagnosed with a cancerous mole on his left leg, Ian Bellerby died on August 17.

The 34-year-old, from Donkins Street, Boldon Colliery, who was married to Cherie, 29, and father to Taylor, 10, and four–month–old Mollie, had been a member of Boldon CA Cricket Club for 25 years.

On Sunday, the Ian Bellerby Memorial 20/20 will be held at the club’s base off New Road, Boldon Colliery.

The event has been organised by Mr Bellerby’s younger brother Karl, 24, and best friend Tom Brown, who was also best man at his wedding last year.

Mr Brown, 26, from Boldon Colliery, said: “There’s going to be four teams playing two semi -finals and then a final.

“I must admit I don’t know much about cricket, but Karl has gathered all of Ian’s friends and family from across the region to form the teams, so the matches should be interesting.

“Every year Ian used to play in an event like this. We thought it would be a nice idea to rename it in his honour.”

Mr Bellerby, a production worker at Johnson Controls in Washington, discovered the mole on his leg last summer but waited seven months before visiting his doctor.

By the time he was diagnosed with skin cancer, the disease had spread and, within weeks, it was so advanced that it became irreversible.

More than 500 mourners turned out to the popular bowler’s funeral, which was held at outh Shields Crematorium last month.

Sunday’s event will begin with the cricket matches at 10am and a bouncy castle will be inflated to keep youngsters entertained.

From about noon a DJ will be providing music and raffles will also be held.

A barbecue and refreshments will also be available.

Mr Brown said: “It won’t be a sad event. There will be full of fun and laughter.

“Everything that we raise will be put into a trust fund for Ian’s family.”

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