Bidders can grab themselves a piece of rock music memorabilia and footballing must-haves with the start of a silent auction in memory of much-loved mother-of-three Sarah Nixon.
On February 7, the Bellagio Ball will celebrate the life of the 38-year-old who died just 10 weeks after giving birth to her youngest daughter, Poppy, after medics discovered she had ovarian cancer during an emergency caesarean.
Within two weeks of returning home with their new baby, Chris and Sarah were dealt the devastating news the cyst was cancerous. It had spread to her abdomen and, with her condition worsening, Sarah was admitted to hospital never to return to her family home.
Sarah’s husband Chris has dedicated the past year to his attempts to raise £100,000 in his inspirational wife’s memory for Cancer Research UK.
The tragedy which saw Oliver, six, Sophia, four and one-year-old Poppy robbed of their devoted mum has touched the heart of Journal readers with Chris being inundated with offers of support and fundraising.
Donated auction lots include a Brazil football short signed by sporting great Pele starting at £595, a Dirty Dancing film poster signed by the late Patrick Swayze starting at £695 and an electric guitar signed by chart toppers Coldplay with a reserve of £1,450.
Also on offer is a helicopter ride over Tyneside starting at £50, a Kindle Fire at £50 and a Porsche driving experience at Silverstone starting at £100.
With more than 60 lots, the silent auction is a treasure trove of prizes, and that’s not including the 74-prize raffle plus a live auction at the ball featuring a five-star holiday to Dubai.
Chris, who lives with his children in Rickleton, Washington, said: “It hasn’t been easy and it has taken a lot of work but it will be worth it.
“People have been incredibly generous. We’ve had help from business acquaintances, friends of friends and lots of people who have been following what we are doing in The Journal.
“I get a lot of emails from people who read about what has happened and it all helps raise awareness and funds for Cancer Research.”
Also doing their bit to help their mum were Oliver and Sophia who earlier this month decided they wanted to do a run in Whitley Bay in memory of their much-loved mum who died on January 17 last year.
Hoping to raise £100 at school, news of their efforts spread and the siblings have raised more than £3,000 in two weeks.
To view the auction lots visit www.thebellagioball.org and click on silent auction.