Memorial event for cancer battler

Sharon Dyer and her husband Kevin
Sharon Dyer and her husband Kevin
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A MUM who inspired Echo readers with her fight for life will be remembered at a special event this weekend.

Sharon Dyer, pictured with husband Kevin, touched the hearts of Wearsiders during her five-year battle with cancer.

Sharon, of Ford Estate, died in 2009, aged 40.

Echo readers raised £14,000 to fund the life-prolonging drug Lapatinib which allowed the mum precious time with her family.

This weekend, former work colleagues will once again battle it out on the football field in memory of their popular workmate.

Sunderland Stagecoach North East drivers and engineers will line up against their South Shields counterparts in a charity cup match to honour colleague Sharon.

The mum, who was based at the Chichester depot in South Tyneside, had a memorial shield named after her and each year teams battle it out for the trophy.

Now in its third year, the 11-a-side match will be played on Sunday, at Filtrona Park, with an 11am kick-off.

All money raised will be donated to the chemotherapy unit at Sunderland Royal Hospital where Sharon received treatment for her condition.

Last year’s cup, which was won by the Sunderland team 5-3 on penalties, raised £1,700 for the Unit.

Once again Kevin, who is also a driver for Stagecoach will be cheering both teams on.

Driver Mark Nicholson is helping to organise the event.

He said: “After the success of the first match, we decided to make it an annual event. We’re hoping to raise even more funds this year.

“Sharon was a much-loved member of the team at South Shields and Sunderland and she is missed by all who knew her. This is a great opportunity for her colleagues to get together and honour her memory while raising funds for the chemotherapy unit.”

Other attractions on the day include cheerleaders, belly dancers, face painting and a bouncy castle. Doors open at 10.30am.

Anyone wishing to attend the match is welcome and entry is free. Donations to the chemotherapy unit can be made on the day or by calling 567 5251.

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