‘I feel so proud’: £100,000 raised in memory of mum

Sarah and Chris Nixon on their wedding day
Sarah and Chris Nixon on their wedding day
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THE memory of a much-missed Wearside mum, who was tragically struck down by cancer, lives on as more than £100,000 has been raised in her honour.

Sarah Nixon died aged just 38 last year, months after finding out she had ovarian cancer.

The Washington mum was taken to hospital so that she could have a Caesarean section to give birth to her third child, daughter Poppy, in November 2012.

A fortnight after Poppy’s arrival, Sarah was re-admitted to hospital when it was revealed she had a cancerous cyst, which later spread to her abdomen.

Sadly, she died in January 2013, leaving behind husband Chris, son Oliver, now six, daughter Sophia, four, as well as Poppy.

Despite the devastation at his wife’s death, Chris, his family and friends, have thrown themselves into fund-raising for Cancer Research UK.

Numerous events have been held since Sarah’s death, with Chris and his children taking part in a fun run along Whitley Bay beach last month.

Now, a memorial event called the Bellagio Ball, after the Italian resort where Chris and Sarah got married, saw a 450-plus crowd attend Gateshead’s Hilton Hotel and help to smash through the £100,000 mark for the fund-raising, much to the delight of Chris.

More than £60,000 was raised at the bash with an auction helping to boost the total.

It featured top items including a signed Pele football shirt, a signed Coldplay guitar, while Sunderland fans also had the opportunity to bid for the chance to watch a game at the Stadium of Light, from the comfort of an executive box.

Chris, 42, a director at his family’s firm Nixon Hire, said: “We are still totalling up how much was raised, but it is a staggering amount.

“The support we have had from so many people has been phenomenal and if we get three or four people who were maybe in the audience to do their own fund-raising, it could snowball.”

Chris added: “It took a lot of organising, but it was worth it.

“I felt so proud standing on the stage at what was a brilliant night.”