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Kevin’s girls do him proud in Race For Life

IN THE PINK ... Kevin Farishs family take part in the Race For Life as Kevins Girls and raised more than �2,000.

IN THE PINK ... Kevin Farishs family take part in the Race For Life as Kevins Girls and raised more than �2,000.

DRESSED in the charity’s statement pink, Kevin Farish’s family hit the road to take part in Cancer Research’s Race For Life.

The team – who called themselves Kevin’s Girls – raised more than £2,000 for Brain Tumour Research in memory of their lost loved one.

Kevin was first diagnosed with a brain tumour in September 2007 and, after having an operation, went into remission, but the cancer came back in January last year.

The 32-year-old, a former Royal Fusilier, died at home in Norham Avenue, South Shields, on Monday, May 19.

He had been receiving treatment for eight months at the Bobby Robson Cancer Trials Research Centre at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital, but his chemotherapy made him too ill to continue going there.

After the father-of-three’s sad passing, the women in his family decided to make a stand against cancer. His mother Carol Mallin, sister Kate Harvey, partner Sammy Harte, sisters-in-law Stacey Tebble and Kelly Garthwaite, cousins Gemma Grieves and Jenny Turnbull, and aunties Wendy Lamb and Lynn Turnbull, took part in the event last weekend at Newcastle Racecourse.

They set an original fundraising target of £500, but have so far pulled in £2,299, and still have money to collect.

Carol, 52, said: “It was brilliant, it was such an excellent day even though it was a bit emotional.

“We only set out to raise £500 so we can’t believe how much we’ve got so far, and that number is only going to get bigger because we’re busy organised a charity night at the Cleadon Club in October.

“We’ve just been overwhelmed by how supportive everyone has been. People have really got behind us.

“It was a very fun day but there were some tears as well, but we’re really glad we did it.

“Gemma organised everything and she was brilliant, so we have to say a big thank you to her.”

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