A KIND-HEARTED fund-raiser has worked tirelessly in honour of her much missed father-in-law.
Theresa Iceton, from Seaham, has been busy organising events to raise money for the Dreame Fund, which provides funding for Newcastle Freeman Hospital’s ICCU (Integrated Critical Care Unit).
Her partner’s father, Barry Oxley, also from the East Durham town, was diagnosed with cancer of the bile duct in October last year.
The 67-year-old underwent an operation in January, but the cancer had spread to his liver and he died in March.
Theresa, who lives with Barry’s son Steven, said that the hospital unit provided exceptional care for Barry while he was ill.
“For me, I’ve never experienced anything like it. They are so dedicated to it,” said the 39-year-old.
“Because the type of cancer he had was really rare, he was referred to the Freeman Hospital. The level of care is so good that I think it costs around £1,000 per day for a patient.”
The ICCU’s David Ryan Equipment and Medical Education Fund (Dreame) Fund is named after the unit’s founder, Dr David Ryan, who died in June 2009. So far Theresa has raised more than £1,000, with the help of Barry’s two sisters, Margaret Dunn and Maria Scott, and Barry’s other son Gary, but is hoping to smash that figure after a fund-raising event in memory of Barry.
The money raised will be matched pound for pound by Barclays, where Theresa works, up to £750, as part of the Barclays community investment scheme Charity Begins at Work.
The event last weekend included a pie and peas supper, karaoke, raffles and bingo to raise cash for the Dreame Fund.
The final total is still to be calculated.
It will also be boosted by colleagues of Steven, who works at Caterpillar’s Peterlee plant, who have also been raising cash.