THE legacy of a South Tyneside father killed in a motorcycle accident is living on through his loved ones.
Relatives of Phil Young have raised more than £2,000 for Cancer Connections by completing the Great North Run in his memory.
The 49-year-old died on September 11, last year, after being involved in a traffic accident.
The dad-of-two was riding his motorbike along Lizard Lane, in South Shields, when he collided with a car at the junction of Grotto Gardens.
Phil, of Centenary Avenue, South Shields, had been due to run the 13.1-mile challenge just days later alongside his sister, Judith.
But after his tragic death, his nephews Ross and Lewis stepped in to take their places and ensure Phil’s fundraising legacy went ahead.
This year, 10 members of Phil’s family took on the challenge, with Judith’s 13-year-old son, Aidan, joining them for the last two miles.
Judith, 44, said: “Phil did the Great North Run right from the beginning.
“Not every year, but I can remember him doing it a lot right from me being a kid.
“We did it together a couple of times and we were meant to last year, but our nephews stepped in.
“Ten of us did it this year and it was great, but it was bittersweet and quite emotional. He would have been proud to see everyone doing it though.
“We’ve raised £2,054 for Cancer Connections and we’re over the moon.”
Phil, a fitter at SnugFit, was a big supporter of the charity, based in Harton Lane, South Shields, which helps cancer sufferers and their families.
He regularly carried out maintenance work at the charity and vowed to raise funds for it.
Judith added: “It was a charity close to Phil’s heart and he felt very strongly about raising money to help such a brilliant local cause.
“We’re really pleased with how much we’ve raised and we’re so thankful to everyone who had donated something.”
Deborah Roberts, co-founder of Cancer Connections said: “I knew Phil on a personal level because he used to come in and do work here quite a lot.
“What happened was very sad, but this is such a lovely tribute from his family.
“They’ve done something very special which will help a lot of people.
“We’re very thankful for this support.”