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Colleagues pay tribute to Sadberge cancer sufferer with charity skydive
COLLEAGUES of a man who courageously battled cancer will pay tribute to him with a tandem skydive this month.
AMEC worker Nigel Cartwright, from Sadberge, died this summer after fighting bladder cancer for more than seven years.
Mr Cartwright – who was in his mid-50s when he died - documented his illness in a newsletter sent to colleagues at AMEC, Wynyard, hoping to raise awareness of urological cancers.
The newsletter, sent in November, urged readers not to ignore worrying symptoms and to visit the doctor with any concerns, while also promoting a positive mental attitude and encouraging people to share their worries with their loved ones.
Two colleagues - Jan Howson, 54, and Simone Elliott, 19 – were so moved they decided to raise funds and awareness in his memory after hearing of his death.
Ms Howson, from Darlington, said: “I was very moved by his story, Nigel was a pillar of the community. We organise many fundraising events at AMEC and I was planning a skydive in memory of my mother.
“We decided to combine it to raise money and awareness for (urological cancer charity) UCAN in memory of Nigel.
“I think he would be really pleased and moved by what we are doing to highlight the issue.”
Mr Cartwright’s wife, Gill, sent the pair a note to thank them for undertaking the charity challenge.
In it, she said: “The money you raise will ease the pain of others going through the rollercoaster ride we both endured and help find a cure for this silent killer who took my sweetheart from me too young.”
To sponsor them, visit justgiving.com/Jan-Simone.
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