FAMILY and friends of a cancer sufferer have done him proud after they went ahead with a charity day he had planned before his death – raising a massive £27,000.
Despite being seriously ill with leukaemia, selfless Joe Barron wanted to help others.
The 58-year-old grandfather, from North Seaton, set about organising a clay pigeon shoot to raise funds for local blood cancer charity Bright Red.
Joe, a patient at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care at the Freeman Hospital, where the charity is based, recruited friends and family members to help him.
But tragically, the mechanical engineer, who underwent a bone marrow transplant in January, died four weeks before the event.
However Joe’s wife Joan, 60, and their daughter Sarah, 36, a radiographer at Wansbeck Hospital, decided to go ahead anyway to pay tribute to Joe.
They were helped by the Henry family, Steve Whitworth, Colin Mann, Anne Sanderson, David Blackburn, Charles Robinson, and Jimmy Peel.
And the day at Bywell Premier Shooting Ground, near Felton, which also included an auction, dance and raffle, raised the phenomenal amount to help fund research into illnesses like the one that claimed Joe’s life.
Joan said: “The whole day was extremely enjoyable and a fantastic tribute to Joe.
“The generosity from businesses, family and friends has been incredible, without their generosity the event simply wouldn’t have been possible.
“We set out to raise a few thousand pounds, so I am overwhelmed with what we have managed to achieve.
“I am very proud that we are able to put this amount of money into research, without the research we will be unable to find a cure.”
Professor Matt Collin, of the Freeman Hospital, said: “To raise this amount of money during one event is a fantastic achievement.
“Joe was a charismatic guy who was popular with everyone.
“This is an incredible tribute to him as a man who touched many lives.”