THE legacy of a young mum who died at 27 lives on in her eldest son.
Selfless Lewis Wood, seven, has helped to raise thousands of pounds in memory of his mum Kelly Stoker, who died last June after a six-month battle with cervical cancer.
Just weeks before her death, and though she knew her own illness was terminal, the Houghton mum took the time to organise a fund-raiser for Macmillan nurses to help other cancer patients.
Now, Bernard Gilpin Primary School pupil Lewis, as well as Kelly’s nephews and other family and friends, have continued her efforts by raising a further £2,000 for the cause.
They kept her fund-raising spirit alive with a sponsored walk and charity fun day at The Station pub in Fence Houses.
Kelly’s dad, Alan Stoker, 49, said: “Lewis is old enough to understand about his mum, and he realises what a difference this money can make and how it can help other people.
“We’re really proud of him, as well as the other children who took part in the fund-raising.
“They went round all the local businesses asking for help, and everyone in Fence Houses was really generous.
“We’d like to say thank you to everyone, especially Kaitlan Garland who did a Name the Teddy competition on the day, and Debbie Barrett who had her head shaved.”
Kelly’s dying wish was to return home from St Benedict’s Hospice, which was then based in Monkwearmouth, to spend her final days with partner Liam Wood and their other children Clayton, three, and Reece, two.
But she never made it back to Houghton and died just days after presenting a cheque to Macmillan.
Alan, who is married to April, said: “Macmillan nurses were a massive support to Kelly and she felt really strongly about supporting them.
“We’re hoping to make Kelly’s Fun Day an annual event and we’ll continue the fund-raising. Kelly’s sister, Toni Crosby, is doing a sponsored sky-dive in June.”