Tragic mum Melanie’s legacy tops £5,000

Nicola Winwood (front) from Alice House Hospice is presented with funds raised in memory of Melanie Brackstone through continued fundraising by Belle Vue Social Club members (left to right) David Malton, Lindsey Butler, Jeanette Wheeler, Susan Murphy and Julie Butler. Picture by FRANK REID
Nicola Winwood (front) from Alice House Hospice is presented with funds raised in memory of Melanie Brackstone through continued fundraising by Belle Vue Social Club members (left to right) David Malton, Lindsey Butler, Jeanette Wheeler, Susan Murphy and Julie Butler. Picture by FRANK REID

Friends and family of a much-loved Hartlepool mum who lost a courageous battle with cancer have raised in excess of £5,000 for the town’s hospice.

Melanie Brackstone was just 31 when she died in November after a 19-month battle against bowel cancer.

Melanie Brackstone.

Melanie Brackstone.

Her family and friends have so far raised more than £5,500 from a series of fundraising activities for Alice House Hospice which cared for Melanie in her final months.

Last Christmas Melanie’s husband, Dan, and seven-year-old daughter, Olivia, along with seven family members and friends, did the Boxing Day Dip at Seaton Carew.

A presentation was made to hospice staff at the Belle Vue Social Club where a fundraising night was held on Melanie’s birthday on March 3.

Melanie’s mum Julie Butler said: “We’re over the moon with how much has been raised.

“Melanie was in the hospice for the last three months of her life and they looked after her absolutely brilliantly.

“It was just to thank them.”

The night at the Belle Vue Social Club, where Melanie had previously worked as a barmaid, included live music, raffles and bingo.

Coors brewery gave a £500 donation and Dixons talent agency a further £100.

Melanie’s aunt Jeanette Wheeler and friend Susan Murphy also raised money by giving up alcohol for a month.

And more than £1,200 has been given on a fundraising website in memory of Melanie at http://melanie.brackstone.muchloved.com/

Janice Forbes, Community Fundraiser at the Hospice said “The donations and support that the Hospice has received in tribute to Melanie is testament to how loved she was and how much she will be missed by her family and friends.

“Melanie has left a legacy that will help more Hospice patients and ensure that they can access the care that they need in the most difficult of times.

“Our thoughts are with Melanie’s loved ones and hope that they are able to feel some small comfort in the fact that they have helped other patients in her name.

“It is this type of support from the community that enabled us to care for Melanie and other patients; thank you to everyone who has donated.”