A SOUTH Tyneside woman is gearing up to complete a double fundraiser in aid of a cancer charity in memory of her parents.
Kim Watson will host her first money-making venture for Macmillan Nurses on August 17.
The event at Tuscano’s in Winchester Street, South Shields, will feature South Tyneside singer Cortney Dixon.
The fundraiser is something the 42-year-old says she felt compelled to do since she lost both her parents, Alfred and Iris, to cancer within a few years of each other.
The event will be followed by the mum-of-one hitting the road to take part in the Great North Run on September 7.
Ms Watson, from South Shields, said: “My dad had problems with his kidneys and, if anything, we thought that would be what would kill him.
“But it didn’t. He ended up with bowel cancer and died in January 2010 within two months of being diagnosed.
She added: “Less than 15 months later my mam was diagnosed with lung cancer and died in December 2011.
“Their deaths hit the family hard, but the care they received from the Macmillan Nurses was fantastic.
“I knew I always wanted to do something, as a way of saying ‘thank you’ for the care and compassion they showed to my parents and the family, and this is it”
It is the first time Ms Watson has organised a fundraising event and, combined with doing the Great North Run from Newcastle to South Shields, she hopes to raise as much as possible for the charity.
The ticket-only event at Tuscano’s will start at 5.30pm with a three-course meal and a glass of wine, followed by entertainment by Cortney Dixon.
Raffles and games will also be held on the night with a range of prizes including make-overs, turkish shaves and meals up for grabs.
Tickets, priced £15, are available from Tuscano’s or by calling 454 1600.
A justgiving page has also been set up by Ms Watson where people can donate to her fundraising efforts by visiting www.justgiving.com/Kim-Watson5/