FAMILY and friends of a Cramlington woman killed by cancer just over a year ago are organising a charity event in her memory.
Sylvia Robson, of Cramlington, was diagnosed with stomach cancer on Christmas Eve in 2009 and died almost a year later at the age of 52.
Sylv, as she was known to friends, was born in Newcastle and brought up in Fawdon before moving to Cramlington in 1982.
She worked at the Revenue and Customs office in Longbenton for 30 years.
A keen fan of popular music, her favourite band as a teenager was Slade, and she often went to see them with her friends.
That love of music rubbed off on her son Michael, 21, and he is now playing in a band called Arcs.
Sylvia was married to Les, 54, for 28 years, and Les was keen to mark her birthday in February with a party that reflected her love of music and to raise money to thank St Oswald’s Hospice in Gosforth and Macmillan Cancer Care for supporting her during her illness.
Les said: “Sylv was a lovely person who was very popular. It was no surprise to see the crematorium stowed out with friends and work colleagues.
“Due to Sylv’s popularity, we decided to celebrate what would have been her birthday with a charity fun night.
“We have two local bands playing – Arcs, of course, and the Smoking Barrels, who we both followed and who recently supported Kasabian at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle.
“There will also be comedy and we have some excellent prizes to raffle.
“All proceeds will go to St Oswald’s Hospice and Macmillan, whose work is invaluable.”
The event will take place at the Cluny in Newcastle on Saturday, February 18.
Tickets cost £6 and are available from the venue on (0191) 230 4474.