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Fundraising continues for charity worker who died before wedding
Lee Robson pictured with fiancee Sue Smith and their children Emily (now 4) and James (now 7) last year after he had been diagnosed with leukemia for the second time.
THE family of a former soldier who died the day before he was due to marry his long term sweetheart are holding a series of fundraising events in his memory.
Charity worker Lee Robson, a devoted dad-of-two, had arranged to marry Sue Smith after learning he had three months to live while suffering from leukaemia for the second time.
The 35-year-old, from Leagdate, near, Consett, County Durham, was diagnosed after doing a gruelling 500 mile sponsored bike ride to support other cancer victims last May.
Mr Robson, Consett YMCA’s outdoor centre manager, was told he would not recover at the end of June and was due to marry his 30-year-old fiancée on Wednesday July 24.
But his condition rapidly deteriorated and he died surrounded by family on July 23.
Miss Smith, mother to James, seven and four-year-old Emily, said: “He was so excited. I had never seen him like it before. He like a big kid.
“It is very hard for me because he was the reason I moved up from down south and on the day I was supposed to be signing a marriage certificate I was getting his death certificate.”
Mr Robson, who served in Bosnia, Macedonia and Kenya with the Royal Engineers 61 Squadron, was first diagnosed with leukaemia in 2002 when and made a full recovery after receiving a bone marrow transplant from his younger sister Rebekka, who was 11 at the time.
The family is dedicating a series of fundraising events to Mr Robson’s memory in aid of Bright Red, the leukaemia charity he supported.
A pool competition Mr Robson organised before he died is going ahead at Supa Snooka in Consett on September 1 with registration from 10.30am for a 12noon start.
Bright Red’s MasqueRed Ball, a charity dinner evening at the Derwent Manor Hotel, on September 14, is being held in his honour with tickets costing £15.
Miss Smith and his sister, Lucy, are climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, to raise money for the charity next year, his cousins and sisters are planning to shave their heads and a ladies night is being held at Consett YMCA on September 28 from 7pm, with tickets costing £5.
His father, Billy Robson, Consett YMCA’s chief executive, said: “Charity work is something Lee had a passion for and we are keeping his memory alive. He will never be forgotten.”
To support the Robson family, donate raffle prizes or buy tickets for the events call the YMCA on 01207-502680.
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