A fitting tribute to Jimmy

Sheena McGibbon with her two-year-old grandson Noah and Brian Langston from the Macmillan Cancer Hartlepool fundraising group
Sheena McGibbon with her two-year-old grandson Noah and Brian Langston from the Macmillan Cancer Hartlepool fundraising group

A TRIBUTE night to a hugely-respected dad has raised thousands of pounds to help cancer sufferers.

Grateful Sheena McGibbon always wanted to say thank you to the Macmillan Cancer charity for its vital support during her late husband Jimmy’s battle with lung cancer.

Weeks of preparation led to a charity race night held at the TDS Rugby Club, in Hartlepool, late last month.

Mrs McGibbon, 55, raised £3,750 through a raffle with 109 prizes, an auction and sponsorship of the races.

She also sold 150 entry tickets.

The mum-of-three admitted: “I thought it might raise a couple of thousand, but I did not expect to get as much as we did. That’s down to Jimmy and the number of people who thought so much of him.”

Mrs McGibbon, from the Throston Grange Lane area of Hartlepool, now hopes to hold the event every year.

She said: “There will definitely be another one next year and if that goes well, it will become an annual event.”

She praised the support of people who helped put the event together including the Technical Day School club, club stewards, the DJ who provided a free disco, companies which provided raffle prizes, and family and friends.

But she also had huge praise for the Macmillan nurses who were a constant support during Mr McGibbon’s fight with cancer.

The former construction worker was diagnosed with cancer last May and lost his fight for life in October, aged 57.

His widow told the Mail: “It all happened so quick from him being diagnosed.

“Jimmy wanted to stay at home and the people from Macmillan Cancer gave us lots of care and support. Nothing was too much trouble for them.”

She added: “I can’t praise them enough and I could not have done it without them.”

One in three people will get cancer and the Macmillan charity is there to provide practical, medical and financial support as well as pushing for better cancer care.

There are now two million people living with cancer in the UK.

For more information on Macmillan, contact 0800 500 800 or visit www.macmillan.org.uk