RELATIVES of a mum whose life was tragically cut short by cancer used a party to raise hundreds of pounds in her memory.
Washington woman Emma Bowman died in September 2013.
Emma, of Lambton, 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, who was wife to Tony, and mum to Jake, 17.
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 deteriorated, she died just a month after her 34th birthday.
For girls who are just bairns to arrange this and get 60 people down, I just can’t believe it.Tony Bowman whose wife Emma died after suffering from cancer
Following Emma’s death, her family decided to begin fund-raising for Macmillan Cancer Support after the help nurses gave her in her final months.
Now, almost £550 was raised from a party organised by Emma’s cousins, Becca Devlin, 17, and Sarah Devlin, 15.
Emma’s aunties Edith and Ann-Marie Devlin also helped out.
The bash took place at St Bede’s Community Centre, in Town End Farm, and was set up with the help of the area’s residents’ association.
Tony, 44, told the Echo: “They’ve managed to raise £548.60 through raffles and other things for Macmillan.
“For girls who are just bairns to arrange this and get 60 people down, I just can’t believe it.”
Following various other fund-raisers over the past 18 months, thousands of pounds have now been raised to Macmillan in Emma’s memory.
“We’re still waiting on a £1,500 donation from Barclays and once we’ve got that it’ll be over £12,000 that we’ve raised,” added Tony.
“It’s a huge amount of money and I’m sure Emma would be very proud.”