Grateful Sian thanks charities for support during dad’s cancer fight

Sian Lewis is hosting a charity night.
Sian Lewis is hosting a charity night.

A teenager who is still coming to terms with her father’s death has organised a fundraising night in his memory in aid of two charities close to her heart.

Sian Lewis says she will always be grateful for the support she received from South Tyneside based Cancer Connections and Young Carers as her dad Barry Lewis battled cancer.

Sadly, the 39-year-old, who was cared for by St Clare’s Hospice, lost his battle with the disease.

Sian, 16, who attends St Wilfrid’s R.C College said: “When I was in primary school I raised money for St Clare’s Hospice.

“But more recently I have been involved with Cancer Connections and Young Carers, so wanted to do something for them for all the support they have given me.

“My mam, Michelle Lilley, has helped me quite a bit with the organisation. It has been fun but quite stressful.”

The fundraiser will take place at the Neon Social Club, in Nairn Street, Jarrow, on April 15.

The event will include a DJ, characters, candy carts and raffles.

Sian, who will also be doing a bucket collection ahead of the event at South Shields Football Club earlier that day, added: “It’s going to be a busy day, but I’m excited.”

Cancer Connections is based at Harton Lane, South Shields and provides support to those diagnosed with cancer and their families.

Young Carers provides support and respite to Young Carers between the ages of 5-24 years old through after-school clubs and activities.

Tickets, priced £3 for adults and £1 for children, are available from Cancer Connections, Young Carers, The Neon and The Hackle.