Family facing first Christmas without Kev

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A family facing their first Christmas without their beloved dad, husband and brother are planning two parties over the festive period to help raise funds for the hospice that helped him.

Kev Graham, of Eskdale Road, was diagnosed with cancer at the beginning of the year and lost his battle in April, but not before he had started his own campaign to fundraise for Saint Catherine’s Hospice.

Meanwhile, his brother and work colleague, Pete, was also raising money for the donation-run hospice after two other family members, Eric and Paul Headlam, had already succumbed to the disease.

To celebrate his birthday on December 27, Pete will be throwing an open house party at Whitby Rugby Club.

He did it last year in aid of Saint Catherine’s and hopes people will support it once again.

Kev’s widow, Susan, is also having a bash on January 30 –what would have been his 48th birthday.

Together they hope that they can make the £15,000 they have already raised for the hospice into more than £20,000.

Pete said: “We have had tremendous support and want to thank everyone who has helped us. We hope that people will come along to these parties and help us reach our target for Saint Catherine’s.”