Football and rock items up for auction in mum’s memory

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ROCK and soccer memorabilia are among the top pieces on offer at a charity auction in memory of a much-loved Wearside mum who died following a cancer battle.

Tragic Sarah Nixon died just a few months after discovering she had ovarian cancer.

Sarah, of Rickleton, in Washington, passed away just over a year ago, just months after discovering she had ovarian cancer.

The illness was picked up as 38-year-old Sarah gave birth to her third child, Poppy, as the cancer was discovered during an emergency caesarean.

Within weeks of coming home after having her daughter, medics found out a cancerous cyst had spread to Sarah’s abdomen.

She died on January 17, 2013.

Her husband Chris kicked off fund-raising efforts in Sarah’s memory, and has, with the help of family, friends and others, raised more than £6,000 for Cancer Research UK to date.

Chris, who is a director at his family’s firm Nixon Hire, which has a site in Sunderland, said of the charity auction: “It hasn’t been easy and it has taken a lot of work but it will be worth it.

“People have been incredibly generous.

“I get a lot of emails from people who read about what has happened and it all helps raise awareness and funds for cancer research.”

Among the lots at this week’s sold out Bellagio Ball at the Hilton in Gateshead will be a signed and framed Lionel Messi Barcelona football shirt, a guitar signed by members of the band Coldplay as well as a Dirty Dancing film poster signed by the late Patrick Swayze.

A football top signed by sporting great Pele is another of the lots and has a reserve price of £595.

SAFC fans at the event may also want to bid for an executive box for a game at the Stadium of Light.

The Echo reported how last month Chris and his and Sarah’s children Oliver, six, Sophia, four, and Poppy, now one, took part in a charity beach run in Whitley Bay to remember her and boost funds.

A raffle will also be held on the night of the ball.

To view the auction lots go to www.thebellagioball.org.