COLLEAGUES are to pay tribute to a barmaid who died of breast cancer.
Julie Smith was 48 when she lost her battle against the disease in February.
The Sunderland mum-of-one was diagnosed in November and had chemotherapy to try and cure the cancer, which spread to the rest of her body.
Friends and colleagues said they decided to hold a fund-raising night on Friday because they wanted to do something in her memory.
“She was such a lovely, pleasant lady,” said Darren Jardin, steward at Red House Workingmen’s Club, where the event will be held.
“It seemed like a fitting tribute to do something to remember her at the club.
“Lots of people have wanted to get involved and make it as big a night as possible.”
Darren’s wife, Elizabeth Jardin, a stewardess at the club, helped to arrange the night, along with Jacqueline McGinty and Joan Alcock, who worked with Julie during the three years she spent there.
“They have organised it between them, with help from her family,” said Darren. “They have all chipped in with getting raffle prizes and things, and they’ll be there on the night.”
Entertainment is to be provided by comedy duo Perfect Scoundrels and singer Dominique, and the 180 tickets for the event have already sold out.
Julie’s husband, Pete Smith, 49, and son Peter Smith, 23, both of Red House, will attend the event.
Representatives from Macmillan Nurses and Breast Cancer UK have also been invited, as the money raised will be split between the charities.
“We want to raise as much money as possible,” said Darren.
“We have asked lots of local businesses to donate as many raffle prizes as they can.
“We would like to raise about £1,000 for each charity, but obviously if we could get more, that would be better.
“If anyone wants to donate prizes we would be very grateful.”
To donate a prize, tel. 548 1145.