Family and friends raise £5,000 in memory of mum

BANK ON US: Tony Bowman, front left, and son Jake with family and staff from TSB Athenaeum Street, Sunderland, who have raised more than �1,000 in memory of Tony's wife Emma.
BANK ON US: Tony Bowman, front left, and son Jake with family and staff from TSB Athenaeum Street, Sunderland, who have raised more than �1,000 in memory of Tony's wife Emma.
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A TRIBUTE fund set up in memory of a much-missed mum struck down by cancer has smashed its original £5,000 target.

Emma Bowman’s family were left heartbroken after she died in September last year.

Emma, of Lambton in Washington, was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 after discovering a lump in her right breast.

Medics decided that a mastectomy was the right course of action for Emma, wife to Tony, 43, and mum to Jake, now 16.

After getting the all-clear in October 2012, as well as going into remission, the housewife’s life looked to be returning to normal – but just months later, it was revealed that the cancer had spread to her spine.

Despite keeping as active as possible, even as her condition worsened, she died just a month after her 34th birthday. Amid their grief, both Tony and Jake have thrown themselves into fund-raising for Macmillan Cancer Support in her memory.

Now TSB in Sunderland city centre have managed to generate more than £1,000 towards the total after holding a week-long fund-raiser at the branch.

The move was taken to celebrate a year since the bank became independent from Lloyds.

Tony, who along with Jake scattered Emma’s ashes in New York earlier this year, said: “The money was going to go to Macmillan’s head office but my sister-in-law Sharon, who works at TSB, told her boss about what happened with Emma and the regional manager said he wanted to donate the money to our fund. I think when they heard her story, the staff became more determined to raise money.

“My niece Faye helped out too, which I’m really grateful for.”

The total raised since Emma died now stands at more than £7,000, all of which has been gathered in during the past 12 months. The next target is to reach the £10,000-mark.

Tony added: “The important thing for us is that the money stops local, which is what Emma would have wanted. She’d be over the moon.”

Another charity night has been organised at NE38 Sports Bar in Washington, on Saturday, November 29. Comedian and star of TV sitcom Hebburn, Steffan Peddie, will perform, with a disco also taking place.

Tickets are £3 and can be bought by calling Tony on 416 9392.

To donate to the appeal, www.macmillan.tributefunds.com/emmabowman.