Sarah fundraises in David’s memory

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A widow has honoured the memory of her husband by helping others after she decided to donate money collected at his funeral to a hospital cancer unit.

David Hetherington was diagnosed cholangiocarcinoma, or bile duct cancer, on December 12 last year and was given six to nine months to live, if the chemotherapy was effective.

The 32-year-old died on July 6 at his home in Henshaw Grove, Holywell.

A funeral service for David, a former scaffolder, was held at Whitley Bay Crematorium on July 12.

Following her husband’s death, Sarah, 40, requested a collection to be held in aid of North Tyneside General Hospital’s oncology unit, where David had his treatment.

The Rockcliffe Arms in Whitley Bay, David’s favourite pub, also put out a collection tin.

Sarah and David’s mum Margaret presented the unit with a cheque of £1,195.40 last Friday, which would have been David’s 33rd birthday.

“It was David’s wish,” Sarah said.

“The staff were great.

“They went above and beyond their duty to help and support us.

“It is our way of saying thank you.”

Sarah married David on June 14, just three weeks before he died.

David leaves behind a son and two stepchildren.

A fundraiser will be held at Cullercoats Crescent Club on Saturday, October 19, at 7pm, in aid of the unit and the AMMF (The Alan Morement Memorial Fund), the UK’s only cholangiocarcinoma charity

There will be a live band, a raffle and a buffet. Tickets cost £6 from the club.