Wrexham widow continues husbands legacy with £2,650 donation to North West Cancer Research

Wednesday, 22nd February 2017 | General | 0 comments

The widow of a well-known fundraiser has donated £2,650 to support cancer research projects based in Wales. 

Pat Taylor gave the donation to North West Cancer Research in memory of her late husband Frank who died from pancreatic cancer two years ago.

68-year-old Frank set up the Llay Charity 12 years ago alongside his close friend Gwyn Skeffington to support good causes across North Wales and has raised more than £95,000 to date.

Sadly, Gwyn passed away just nine days after Frank, aged just 74. Now Pat and Gwyn’s husband Jimmy have renamed the charity Pat and Gwyn’s Llay Charity and continue to fundraise in their memories.

The pair organised monthly bingo nights and charity days over the last year raising a total of £5,300 which was split between North West Cancer Research and Jaxon Langford, who is raising money after being diagnosed with cancer aged just five.

Pat said: “There was only a short time in-between Frank being diagnosed with cancer and him passing."

“After hearing of the research North West Cancer Research has been funding I wanted to help. Their research into cancer is helping people live longer and more comfortably and I wanted to do something that helps to prevent anyone else going through what Frank went through."

“I know Frank would have approved and would be proud to support the work done by North West Cancer Research, right on our doorstep.”

Pat and Jimmy presented Jayne Belton and Ray Dickson, who run the Wrexham-based fundraising committee of North West Cancer Research, with a cheque last week at the Llay Royal British Legion.

North West Cancer Research funds cancer research projects which aim to improve our understanding of how to detect, treat and prevent cancer in North Wales at Bangor University.

To date, the charity has funded around £2.5million worth of research in North Wales. This includes support for researchers and PhD students, as well as the creation of research fellowships, helping attract some of the world’s leading cancer researchers to Bangor.

Sara Cooper from North West Cancer Research said: “Pat and Jimmy’s continued support for North West Cancer Research, will provide vital support for research projects right here in North Wales. The money they have raised will be invaluable for driving forward life-saving research for years to come."

“On behalf of everyone at the charity I would like to thank Pat and Gwyn’s Llay Charity for their hard work and effort over the years.”

Pat and Jimmy will continue to raise money for local causes and will hold their next monthly bingo night at the Llay Royal British Legion, Watts Dyke, Llay on 4 March 2017.

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