A Cullercoats woman is preparing to host her first large scale charity night in memory of two relatives who died of cancer.
Vanessa Clarke has raised money for Marie Curie Cancer Care and Macmillan Cancer Care for the last 13 years since the death of her mother Valerie Robertson and her aunt Sylvia Smith.
But this year the 34-year-old has stepped it up a notch by organising a large fundraising night – Civic Vaudeville – in the banqueting hall at Newcastle’s Civic Centre.
Vanessa, who works for Newcastle City Council, said: ““I try and do something for the charities every year.
“My mum and aunt were both amazing women. My mum lost a short fight with cancer in 2000 aged only 52 and her sister was only 69.
“Both died too young and are missed by many, that’s why I wanted to hold this fundraiser to raise money for both charities.”
The event takes place on Friday, October 18, from 7.30pm to 1am.
Tickets cost £15 and there will be bands performing as well as comedians and cabaret dancers from a school.
For more information or tickets visit www.civicvaudeville.co.uk