Hav­ing a ball for Paul with char­ity night

Sunderland Echo - - News - By Fiona Thomp­son fiona.thomp­son@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @fionath­omp­sonjp

James Bond, mu­sic and foot­ball will fea­ture in a night to cel­e­brate the life of a pop­u­lar teacher.

A fundrais­ing night in mem­ory of Paul Bond will be held at the Sta­dium of Light next year. The 38-year-old from Washington was di­ag­nosed with lung cancer in May 2013.

Paul, who worked in a school in Willing­ton, County Durham, had never smoked and doc­tors were un­able to ex­plain why he de­vel­oped the dis­ease.

His wife Ni­cola be­gan rais­ing funds and in­creas­ing aware­ness in the con­di­tion after Paul be­came ill and is con­tin­u­ing to back the Roy Cas­tle Lung Cancer Foun­da­tion in his name after he died in March.

She was nom­i­nated for a Best of Wear­side award last year after com­plet­ing a sky­dive and launch­ing a so­cial me­dia cam­paign to raise aware­ness of the canwe cer fol­low­ing her hus­band’s di­ag­no­sis.

Paul, who was dad to their eight-year-old son Milo, was a de­voted Sun­der­land fan, with the club ar­rang­ing for an ex-player to at­tend the ball, which will be held in the New Year.

As the lead singer of his own band, The Lies, and gui­tarist and back­ing singer in Oa­sis tribute group Ha’wa­y­sis, there will be a big fo­cus on mu­sic and his favourite band, while his love of the James Bond char­ac­ter will also play a part in the night’s theme.

Ni­cola, who is also a teacher, said: “He re­ally lived life to the full, and I know peo­ple say that all the time, but he re­ally did and he is a huge loss be­cause it is so dull with­out him.

“The char­ity is the only one that is com­pletely fo­cused on lung cancer and there is a stigma around it be­cause peo­ple think it’s self in­flicted, so they do­nate to breast cancer and other can­cers be­fore this as a last choice.

“Be­fore this hap­pened, were ig­no­rant about it as well, and as much as we want to raise money, we want to raise aware­ness as well.

“There was no ex­pla­na­tion about why Paul got lung cancer, he was fit and healthy and never smoked and the doc­tors were baf­fled by it.”

Ni­cola has praised the com­mit­tee of nine peo­ple who are work­ing to plan the ball.

She added: “My friends and Paul’s friends have come to­gether to put it to­gether, ring­ing around companies and or­gan­is­ing ev­ery­thing, and I want to thank them.”

Bondy’s Ball will be held on Saturday, Jan­uary 25, from 7pm. Tick­ets are £35 and can be bought by con­tact­ing Ni­cola or Joanne Payne via Face­book.

Ni­cola Bond with her late hus­band Paul.

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