Wibsey man to hold family fun day for Cancer Support Bradford and Airedale (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Wibsey man to hold family fun day for Cancer Support Bradford and Airedale
11:00am Thursday 7th March 2013 in News
A Bradford man diagnosed with a serious illness four years ago has vowed to give something back to charity through a family event.
Jamie Boyle, 34, of Wibsey, has bitter sweet memories of the time he was diagnosed with Myeloproliferative Disorder and High Blood Platelets, as only one week later he won the Lottery as part of a syndicate.
Although he did not win a life-changing amount of money, he was happy to collect a £6,900 share of the pot.
Mr Boyle said: “I am in a stable condition at the moment, but it took me about a year to get over being diagnosed. Talking to others helps me deal with it. I was just in absolute bits and totally flaked out.
“Then I won the Lottery a week later which was a strange feeling, but it did give me a boost.”
Four years on from his diagnosis, Mr Boyle wants to raise funds for Cancer Support Bradford and Airedale.
He is organising a family fun day at The Northern pub in Halifax Road, Bradford, on Sunday, April 28.
The event will begin at 12.30pm with an eight-a-side football tournament at Horsfall playing fields.
The main events will be held in The Northern pub from about 4pm and will involve a rodeo, race night and live music.
There will also be back waxing, and Mr Boyle will have a sponsored head shave.
An auction will be held offering items including a signed Manchester United shirt, a signed football from Celtic football players and a bottle of House of Commons wine from Bradford South MP Gerry Sutcliffe.
Fundraisers are still appealing for any auction prize donations.
More details of the fundraiser will be unveiled on Tuesday, April 2, at the Northern Pub. The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Bradford, Councillor Dale Smith and his wife Margaret, are due to attend along with other dignatories.
Mr Boyle said: “It is not all about me. It is about helping Bradford people.”
He is hoping to raise a total of £5,000 for Cancer Support Bradford and Airedale, which has been helping and supporting families in the area for 25 years.
To take part in the football tournament, which is open to people aged 16 or more, or to donate auction prizes, contact Mr Boyle on 07528 924269.