Carol concert raises funds in memory of mum

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A CAROL concert helped boost a fundraising appeal in memory of a mum who lost her battle with cancer.

Cheryl Mullen, from Sea View Park, Whitburn, died in October – just months before she would have been able to test a new cancer drug to help prolong her life.

The 47-year-old mum-of-two, who was a cabin crew member for British Airways for more than 20 years, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003. The condition spread to her liver and brain.

Friends and family packed Whitburn Parish Church to celebrate her life at her funeral, with donations on the day raising nearly £900 for South Shields charity Cancer Connections.

Neighbour Tracey Brydon also organised a fundraising concert by the People’s Mission’s Church Junior Band in the street where the family lived, raising hundreds of pounds more for St Clare’s Hospice, in Jarrow.

Partner of 17 years Graeme Ferry said Cheryl never moaned.

The 50-year-old, who lived with Cheryl and their two children, Olivia, 14 and Tom, 11, said: “She always had a smile.

“She never, ever moaned about her condition. We have two children and they knew everything that was going on.

“They thought she was invincible because she kept on going. They have been magnificent and have handled things very well.”

Mr Ferry said Cheryl was to be put forward for TDM1 – a new cancer drug currently being trialled – but lost her battle before treatment could start.

He added: “Cheryl was really cheerful and always had a smile. She was bubbly and got on with everybody. She was a wonderful person.”