A FAMILY’S fundraising tribute to a much-loved South Tyneside mother has helped raise more than £5,000 for charity.
Stacey McCormack, who suffered from Crohn’s Disease, was only 32 years old when her family were forced to make the heartbreaking decision to turn off her life-support machine last May.
The mother-of-one had contracted chicken pox and, because of the treatment she was receiving for her digestive system problem, her immune system was affected and she was unable to fight off the virus.
Her family, with the help of close friend Jean Reilly, hosted a charity night in aid of the Hadrian Group, which supports people diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease and colitis, and their families.
A total of £5,816 was raised on the night, at the Neon Social Club, Jarrow, which featured comedy by Hebburn star Steffen Peddie.
A further £1,500 was donated by North Tyneside-based engineering firm OGN.
Miss McCormack’s partner of eight years, Graham Muirhead, said: “It was overwhelming. We knew we had raised quite a bit as all 400 tickets were sold, but we never expected to raise as much as we have.
“It was such a touching tribute to Stacey. So many people came out to support the event and helped to raise so much in her memory.”
Miss McCormack, from Fellgate, Jarrow, had been a carer with South Tyneside Council since she was 16, and her family say this was an ideal vocation for the mum because of her selfless and caring nature.
The couple have a six-year-old son, Liam.
She had lived with Crohn’s Disease – which causes inflammation of the lining of the digestive system – for four years.
Her mother, Karen McCormack said: “It was quite emotional seeing everyone there. It was a great night with a lot of people there who I hadn’t seen for years. It was also nice to see some of Stacey’s schoolfriends there.”
Miss McCormack is also survived by her father David.
Mrs Reilly said: “It was a great night and everyone enjoyed themselves. I’d just like to thank everyone who donated their time and prizes for the night.”
Christine Hutchinson from the Hadrian Group, who also has Crohn’s disease, said: “It’s brilliant to be donated to so much money. Recently a lot more people have been talking about the disease as it is a condition which not many people know or aware of and this money will help towards carrying out more research into it.”