9:30am Saturday 28th January 2012
A charity ball in memory of a South Craven man who died of an asbestos-related cancer raised £5,800 for two good causes.
The event, which featured a meal, a prize draw and a charity auction, commemorated Billy Greene, who lived in Cross Hills for 30 years.
He later moved to Sutton and was diagnosed with cancer in May 2010. He died in May last year, aged 75.
Mr Greene was originally from Northern Ireland and moved to England in 1970. He served in the Army for six years and also worked as a building labourer, a machinist and a garage forecourt cleaner.
The ball was held at the Rendezvous Hotel, Skipton, and was organised by Mr Greene’s youngest daughter Shevaun Joy and her niece Sally-Ann Greene.
Following the event, a cheque for £1,854 was handed over to Airedale Hospital’s ward seven, where Mr Greene spent his last days. The cash was accompanied by 50 £25 Marks & Spencer vouchers for the ward’s staff and a mobility scooter, donated by Huddersfield-based Homelife Stairlifts, which also supported the ball.
Shevaun said the remaining proceeds from the ball, £2,700, were being given to Mesothelioma UK. The charity provides support and treatment for people who contract the same type of cancer which claimed the life of her father.
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