A Bempton resident has used his passion for local history to raise thousands of pounds for a national charity.
Jeff Wardlow was devastated to lose his wife Dawn, aged just 50, to a brain tumour in July 2014. She had undergone three major operations since first being diagnosed in 2011.
Determined to help fund more research into brain tumours, Jeff, 66, hit upon a unique way of raising money in Dawn’s memory.
Drawing on his extensive knowledge of local history, especially about Bempton Village where he was born, Jeff began to deliver talks to groups and societies in his area, asking for donations to The Brain Tumour Charity instead of a fee.
Jeff said: “After Dawn died, I wanted to enable more research to happen, as I desperately want there to be a cure for brain tumours. At the end of each talk I give, I always include some information about the charity.”
“One of the outcomes of the fundraising I am now doing in Dawn’s name, is to make sure that more people are aware of brain tumours, as I know that the public at large, have no idea of the facts about it being one of the biggest single cancer killers.”
“I cannot thank Charlie and Steph of The White Horse pub in Bempton enough for allowing me to do one of my local history talks at the end of October. As it was on this night that I managed to get over the line and hit my target. It really meant a lot to me, as the White Horse was mine and Dawn’s local and where I still meet up with our friends and neighbours.” added Jeff who also extended his thanks to Sal Cooke for all her technical help and support.
When Jeff began his fundraising talks, he set himself an ambitious goal of raising £10,000 in four years. Incredibly, he has now reached his target within a month of the deadline.
Helen Rogers, The Brain Tumour Charity’s Community Fundraiser for the North East, said: “We are so grateful for all the efforts made by our nationwide fundraisers.
“As the UK’s foremost brain tumour charity, we are leading the way in fighting brain tumours on all fronts through our work and we couldn’t achieve this without the incredible efforts and determination of all our supporters such as Jeff.
“We receive no government funding and rely 100% on voluntary donations, so it’s only through the efforts of people like Jeff that we can change these shocking statistics in the future.”
The Brain Tumour Charity is the UK’s largest dedicated brain tumour charity, committed to fighting brain tumours on all fronts.
They fund pioneering research to increase survival and improve treatment options as well as raising awareness of the symptoms and effects of brain tumours to bring about earlier diagnosis.
The charity also provides support for everyone affected so that they can live as full a life as possible, with the best quality of life.