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Cancer charity event to honour much-loved Newton Aycliffe mum
THE family of a much-loved mother-of-two who died of cancer weeks before the fundraising night she inspired has decided to go ahead with the event in her honour.
Anne-Marie Duff, nee Pattinson, of Newton Aycliffe in County Durham, was told she only had a year to live after being diagnosed with pancreatic and liver cancer in June.
Her thoughts immediately turned to her two children, Courtney, 18, and Jordan, 15, and how she would provide for them after she had gone.
When her cousin Nicola Mason suggested organising a charity night to raise money for the children and Macmillan Cancer Care, Ms Duff was happy to lend her support and told her mother, Jean Stoddard, that she was looking forward to dancing with her at the party.
But, on August 22, just eight weeks after her diagnosis, Ms Duff, who has two older brothers, David and Tony, passed away at St Teresa’s Hospice in Darlington, aged just 37.
Her devastated family decided to go ahead with the party in her honour at Planet Leisure in Newton Aycliffe on Saturday (September 7).
Mrs Stoddard said it was what her daughter would have wanted.
“We hoped she would have been able to come too but it all happened so quickly,” she said. “She was brilliant. You could not ask for a better daughter.”
Ms Mason said her cousin was a “beautiful, brave and special lady.”
“We had a sisterly close relationship and I began the event because I felt hopeless following her diagnosis,” she said.
“During conversations we had about her fears and worries for her future she focused a lot on her children and she mentioned wanting to save some funds for Courtney and Jordan.
“As a fundraiser I believed this was something I could help with.”
Ms Mason joined forces with Ian Bussey, of Aycliffe Young Talent Project, and together they devised a Footloose-inspired charity night.
As well as a prize-laden raffle, the party will feature a 1980s disco and live music from a variety of young Newton Aycliffe-based musicians.
Guests are also encouraged to wear fancy dress.
The event, which is sponsored by Planet Leisure and Ruff 'n' Tumble, takes place from 7pm to 11.30pm and tickets cost £3 in advance or £5 on the door.
For more information contact Ian Bussey on 07704-646346.
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