A Beverley mother who lost her teenage son to bone cancer is holding a day of fundraising and awareness in his memory.

Sylvia Hood will begin the event on Wednesday, August 18 – the anniversary of her wedding to husband John – with a coffee morning, from 10am to noon, serving drinks and biscuits.

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From noon, visitors to the couple’s home in Alpha Avenue, Beverley, will be able to enjoy soup and home-made bread, with all refreshments offered on a donate-what-you-wish basis.

Sylvia hopes a highlight of the day will be the auction of promises she is organising, from 1pm to 2pm, with donations of hairdressing, wine and other items already offered by local businesses.

Sylvia Hood, of Beverley
Sylvia Hood, of Beverley

She hopes that more people will support the auction with prizes, such as meals out and signed shirts from local sports clubs.

Later, from 2pm to 4pm, there will be afternoon tea and muffins to round off the day.

“It’s really about awareness,” said Sylvia, whose son, David, died aged 18 after having been diagnosed with primary bone cancer, or bone sarcoma, two years earlier.

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“If you catch this when you are just limping, you can have a limb amputated and live. If it’s left until it has metastasised (spread and formed secondary tumours) it is a different matter.”

Sylvia was originally due to hold her “Orange Day” - orange is the primary colour of the Bone Cancer Research Trust (BCRT) - in July, during Sarcoma Awareness Month, but unfortunately fell ill.

She was inspired by both the memory of her son, who died in 2007, and the current battle of another young girl, Phoebe, aged 12, who the BCRT made the face of their most recent campaigning.

Hymers College student David Hood was 18 when he died
Hymers College student David Hood was 18 when he died

On Friday, August 20, at 7pm, local musician Alan Wong is holding a charity evening at St Mary’s Church, Beverley, in aid of five different causes, one of them being the BCRT, and Sylvia has been asked to sing at the live music event, in memory of David and in support of Phoebe.

The Orange Day event will be held at 11 Alpha Avenue, Beverley, HU17 7JD, from 10am on Wednesday, August 18.

Please call 07968 390599 or email [email protected] for further information and to offer any prizes for the fundraising auction.