A FAMILY raised almost £16,000 after a brother’s last wish for charity.
Husband and dad of two Brian Barnes was 39 when he died of stomach cancer in June last year.
The Hargreaves Transport worker, of Penshaw, was ill for about a year and spent his last two weeks in St Benedict’s Hospice, Newcastle Road.
Sister-in-law Julie, 24, of Barnes, said her husband Colin, 34, promised his brother he would collect money in his name.
“Brian did charity work,” she said. “He ran the Great North Run, for Cancer Research UK, and Diabetes UK.
“So he made Colin promise he would raise money on his behalf.
“The hospice was fantastic.
“We only planned to do something small, but it grew and grew.”
Brian’s family, including mum Edith, 59, and dad Barney, 62, of South Hylton, held a fund-raising night last Friday at the Roker Hotel.
“There were about 300 people there,” said Julie. “We had to turn people away.
“Everyone had fun and it was emotional when Colin made a speech about Brian.”
The night, Barnes 4 Benedict’s, raised £10,700, and the total has been added to by Barclays.
Julie said: “They are match funding the money with £5,200, which brings our total to £15,900.
“We raised a lot of money for a really great cause. I want to thank everyone who got involved.”
To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/barnes4benedicts.