Ska night raises cash for charity

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A LOVING husband has raised more than £1,400 to help find a cure for the disease that killed his wife.

Steve Aplin, of Falstaff Road in North Shields, lost his wife Karen to leukaemia in 2001.

She died just four days after being diagnosed with the disease, aged 44.

A year after her death, Steve began fundraising for various charities in her memory, most recently raising £1,422 by holding a reggae and ska night at the Park Hotel in Tynemouth.

The annual event, now in its ninth year, attracted more than 1,100 people from across the country.

Steve, 56, said: “The night went very well. People came from all over the country – a lot of scooter lads.

“I can’t thank everyone enough for their help and for donating prizes.

“I’m looking forward to having a bigger event this year.”

The money raised at the reggae and ska night will go to Bright Red, a charity set up to improve the lives and treatment of people who are dealing with blood cancer.

It will pass the money on to the leukaemia ward at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital.

Karen, an auxiliary nurse at North Tyneside General Hospital in North Shields for 15 years, also left behind daughter Claire, 24, and sons Shawn, 30, and Lee, 32.

Steve added: “I could write a book about her.

“She was just so bubbly and happy.

“She would help anybody, and she always had a big smile on her face.”