Making a mark in memory of dad

MEMORIES: Michelle Devine, of Basingstoke Road, Peterlee, with daughter Emily-Jane Newell, who are taking part in the race and will be supported by son Ethan-John Newell, in memory of Michelle's father John

MEMORIES: Michelle Devine, of Basingstoke Road, Peterlee, with daughter Emily-Jane Newell, who are taking part in the race and will be supported by son Ethan-John Newell, in memory of Michelle's father John

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FUNDRAISER Michelle Devine has already made her mark on a charity event.

Michelle, 33, has had the Race for Life logo tattood on her wrist before she joins the crowd for Durham City’s 5k event with her five-year-old daughter, Emily-Jayne Newell.

Michelle, from Peterlee, decided to add to her collection of seven existing tattoos in tribute to the inspirational annual fundraising event.

After the encouragement of friends, family and colleagues, the Race for Life logo has been added to her right wrist.

The Npower customer advisor will proudly show it off at the at St Leonard’s School’s sports fields in the city when the run gets under way at 11am on Sunday, with money raised to go to Cancer Research UK.

Among those Michelle will run in honour of is dad John Devine, who died at the age of 45 when she was 19-years-old.

She already has a tattoo in his memory on her foot.

It bears his name and the music score to How Great Thou Art, which was among the songs he performed at East Durham’s clubs under the stage name Johnny Vine.

Michelle, who is also mum to Ethan-John Newell, 10, said her latest tattoo “was painful for the first five minutes when I had it done, but then you get used to it”.

She added: “Everybody loves it.

“They said straight away ‘it’s so close to you personally’ and they all know somebody who has lost somebody to cancer, we each have our own stories.

“They might never get a cure for cancer, but if they come up with a new tablet that can help people feel better or live longer, then it’s worth it.

“I know what my family went through with my dad.

“If I thought I could to the race every day of my life and it would help, I would.”

Sunday will be the third time Michelle will take part in the race, having previously taken part in the route staged in Hartlepool.

She and Emily-Jayne, a pupil at Acre Rigg Infant School, can be sponsored via www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/michelledevine382

More information about the Race for Life can be found at raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org/