Legacy of brave Sunderland mum

Kevin Dyer with Sharon's son Connor and footballers from Stagecoach in Sunderland and South Shields.

Kevin Dyer with Sharon's son Connor and footballers from Stagecoach in Sunderland and South Shields.

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COLLEAGUES have handed over cash in memory of a much-loved Wearside mum.

Kevin Dyer, widower of Sharon Dyer, went along to Sunderland Royal Hospital to hand over the cash raised during a charity football match.

copy pic''Kevin Dyer with his now-diseased wife Sharon Dyer

copy pic''Kevin Dyer with his now-diseased wife Sharon Dyer

The Ford Estate mum-of-three died in August 2009, aged 40, after battling cancer in her brain, liver, leg and spine.

The Echo’s Buy Sharon Time campaign saw thousands of pounds donated to buy Sharon the life-prolonging drug lapatinib.

A total of £1,460 was raised at the game. Stagecoach, where both Sharon and Kevin worked, made a donation of £250, taking the amount to £1,710.

All proceeds are going to the chemotherapy unit at Sunderland Royal Hospital, where Sharon received treatment.

Kevin, 50, who is a driver for Stagecoach in South Shields, watched from the stands.

He said: “It was another great day and we’ve managed to raise even more than last year.

“I can’t thank everyone enough for their support, as it wouldn’t have been possible without them.

“The lads at both depots have been superb to give up their spare time to put in the training and it all helped to make a great day.

“We are delighted to be able to donate such a fantastic amount to Sunderland’s chemotherapy unit.

“During Sharon’s battle with cancer they were so good to her and all the family really. They were like angels and I’m determined to do all I can to help them.

“This was the second year we’ve held the charity shield match and it was another great day. I’m overwhelmed with the support that everyone, especially all the staff at Stagecoach have given me. Sharon would be so proud of us all.”

Brian Sleightholme, operations manager at South Shields, added: “Sharon was a much-loved member of the team at South Shields and Sunderland and she is missed by all who knew her.”

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