Keighley jeweller raises £20,000 for hospice in memory of his son

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: DELIGHTED: Liam McQuaid, of Raffles, with staff member Ceri Pedrick DELIGHTED: Liam McQuaid, of Raffles, with staff member Ceri Pedrick

A jeweller has smashed through the £20,000 mark in his fundraising campaign for a children’s hospice.

Liam McQuaid, of Raffles, in the Airedale Shopping Centre, Keighley, began supporting Martin House seven years ago in tribute to the care it gave his terminally ill baby son.

Little Niall died at the Boston Spa hospice, aged just seven weeks.

Since then Mr McQuaid, with his wife and friends, have taken part in a range of fundraising events.

And the latest cash injection – £1,700 – came after he donated two pieces of jewellery, a diamond solitaire ring and Chamilia bracelet, for a charity auction at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate. “The diamond ring eventually went for £1,550 during a traditional auction and we got £150 for the bracelet in a silent auction for which people had to write down their bids,” said Mr McQuaid.

“I was delighted with the amount raised. It took the fundraising we’ve done for the hospice over the past seven years through the £20,000 mark and, in fact, we’re now on about £21,000.

“Niall received some fantastic care at Martin House, which is why my wife and I try to support the hospice as much as we can. My son Niall was only there a week but he received the best care that was available.

“The staff are on hand 24/7 and do everything for you, including providing your food and even doing your washing. This gives you more time to actually spend with your child. I will continue helping the hospice for as long as I can.”

Steve Seymour, manager at the Airedale Shopping Centre, congratulated Mr McQuaid on his efforts.

“His latest generosity of donating such expensive items to the hospice’s charity raffle must have been so welcome and it is fantastic that this paid off by helping Liam to smash through the £20,000 mark,” he said. Tribute was also paid by Caroline Hudson, events manager at Martin House.

“The support from Liam and Raffles over the last few years has been tremendous,” she said.

“Many thanks from everyone at Martin House.”

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