STAFF at a Calderdale company have raised �4,000 for a cancer charity in memory of a former colleague.

The eight-strong team from Solvay Halifax, based at Holywell Green, climbed to the summit of Snowdon in Wales to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

They took part in honour of John Norris, who lost his life to cancer aged 45 earlier this year.

John had worked for the company for 20 years and managed the transfer of the business from Leeds to Holywell Green in 2010.

Taking part in the climb were site director John Hamnett and colleagues Cath Sutterby, Jo Rooney, Emma Oates, Nathan Mills, Dominic Bradley, Marie Prache and Caroline Quick.

Mr Hamnett said: “It was a great shock to hear of John’s untimely death and the news was received with a great deal of sadness here where he had built very strong relationships with his colleagues.

John Norris
John Norris
 

“We wanted to do something positive in his memory and raising funds for Cancer Research seemed a great way of doing that.”

Sarah McPhee, Cancer Research UK senior local fundraising manager, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Solvay decided to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

“Cancer Research UK has made enormous progress in the fight against cancer and continues to do so.

“However, we have only been able to do this thanks to the dedication and commitment of our volunteers and supporters,Šwithout whom we would be unable to fund our vital research.”

Solvay Halifax employs 60 people and focuses on the manufacture of materials used widely in shampoos, detergents and a variety of industrial products. It also makes biocides which remove bacteria from water, mainly for use in swimming pools.

Donations can be made to Cancer Research UK by visiting www.justgiving.com/John-Hamnett1