THE family of a much-loved wife, mum and foster mum who died at 51 have raised thousands of pounds for charity in her memory.

Sharon McCreadie lost her battle against cancer in August but her family bravely went ahead with a charity event she had planned before she passed away.

They held the fundraiser in the Greenock Celtic Supporters' Club and raised more than £4,052 for the Beatson Cancer Charity.

Her grieving husband Stephen said: "I feel really pleased and proud.

"The hall was packed to the gunnels with 180 people.

"It was a great atmosphere.

"We had yellow Beatson collection buckets and people were putting in ten and twenty pound notes.

"It's a tribute to Sharon, she knew so many people and was loved by so many people."

Stephen, 44, said: "Sharon was such an inspiration and a wonderful wife and mother.

"We were married for 20 years and were together for 25, more than half my life."

The couple lived in Devon Road and raised four children Charlene, Stephanie, Yasmin and Stephen.

Stephanie is a primary school teacher and she received donations for the charity function from staff, parents and pupils.

Donations poured in from all over the country including Manchester, where Charlene lives.

Stephen, who even provided the entertainment playing with his band The Skopes. said: "It was an emotional night but all credit to the kids, it was a great tribute to Sharon."

Stephen and his mum Irene have now handed the cheque over to the Beatson Cancer Charity and want to thank everyone who came along on the night for their kind donations.