A SON who watched his mum bravely battle cancer is hoping to drive his way to fundraising success for the charities who helped her.
Gary Graham has set up Hangover Hebburn – delivering fast food to those who are worse for wear following a night out.
He hopes the venture will raise much-needed cash for Cancer Research and South Tyneside-based Cancer Connections.
Both charities stepped in to offer help and support to his mum, Theresa Graham, after the 58-year-old was diagnosed with lung cancer in the autumn of 2012.
In May, the family were given the news they had been waiting for when test results revealed the cancer was in remission, following a course of radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
Mr Graham said: “When my mam was diagnosed with cancer it was so hard not being able to do anything to help. All I could do was just be there for her – I just felt helpless.
“Now she is in remission, I wanted to do something to say thank you to the charities that helped.”
The 27-year-old, from St Michael’s Vale, in Hebburn, has set up a Facebook page called Hangover Hebburn where people can contact him to deliver food to their address.
Any monies made from delivery charges will be donated to the charities.
As well as setting up the delivery fundraiser, Mr Graham, who works for npower, is also taking part in the January Dryathon challenge – in aid of Cancer Research – which sees people being sponsored to give up the booze throughout the month.
Mr Graham added: “It was a really difficult time when my mam was diagnosed with cancer, but her amazing courage, bravery and spirit is an absolute inspiration and because of this I have decided to dedicate 2014 to raising as much money as possible for both Cancer Research UK and the local charity which helped my mam a lot throughout this difficult time, Cancer Connections.
“My mam has spoken very highly of Cancer Connections. There was always someone there who knew what my mam and the family were going through which is why I also wanted to do something for them.”
Mr Graham has organised a sportsmans dinner at the Hebburn Legion Club in Mountbatten Avenue on Friday, March 14, with former Scottish footballers Andy Goram and Frank McAvennie on the bill.
Tickets are available now, priced £15, from either the club or from Mr Graham via his Hebburn Hangover Express Delivery facebook page.
To sponsor Mr Graham on his dryathon challenge visit www.justgiving.com/gary-graham-dryathlete
For Hebburn Hangover visit http://www.justgiving.com/hebburnhangover