A LOVING family raised £1,200 in memory of a doting mum who lost a devastating cancer battle just hours after she was granted her final wish and renewed her wedding vows.
And the family and friends of Tracy McPartlin are now planning to raise even more cash for charity in a skydive later this month, on the day of Tracy’s 46th birthday.
The mum-of-five sadly passed away on Valentine’s Day this year, a matter of hours after she renewed her vows to her loving husband, Allan, 48, in the chapel at the University Hospital of Hartlepool.
After her death her caring family wanted to show their support for the “fantastic” nurses who cared for Tracy and organised a fundraiser to raise cash for Macmillan Nurses.
The event at Owton Manor Social Club was a huge success and raised £1,200 for the cause in memory of Tracy, a mum of Leanne, 26, Carl, 25, Alan, 23, Nicola, 22, and 20-year old Jamie.
But now Tracy’s daughter, Leanne has even more fundraising in her sights with a daring skydive from Peterlee Parachute Centre.
The group of Tracy’s family and friends have already raked in the sponsorship ahead of the challenge and Leanne is hoping the final total will eclipse £3,000.
Leanne, who lives in Moffatt Road, in the town, said: “The fundraiser was fantastic, we had a great turn out, it was a fantastic atmosphere and to raise as much as we did was great.
“I would like to thank everyone who came along and helped to make it such a success, especially Kevin and Lisa O’Connor who sang on the night.
“They have been friends with my mum for a long time and have been fantastic over the last few months.”
The skydive is taking place on Friday, June 21.
Leanne added: “It’s quite daunting for all of us but we have already raised a lot in sponsorship so it’s looking like the total we will raise will be amazing.
“The Macmillan Nurses were so good to my mum, they were always there for her straight away if she ever needed anything and they allowed her to die in dignity and in her own home which is what she wanted.
“We just wanted to say thanks and I know how grateful they are going to be for the money we have raised.”
Tracy’s family also raised £2,000 for the cause at her funeral, which has already been donated to the charity.
Tracy, also a grandmother of seven, passed away after a 13-week battle with cancer.
Soulmates Tracy and Allan, who had been together for more than 30 years, had initially planned to renew their vows on the day which ended up being Tracy’s funeral. But the brave mum managed to summon the strength to lift herself from her hospital bed and was granted her final wish in front of more than 40 relatives and close friends.