A LOVING husband raised more than £20,000 to help find a cure for the disease that killed his wife.
John Philpott, of Stocksmoor, lost his wife Joanne to brain and lung cancer eight months ago.
After friends donated more than £1,200 at Joanne’s funeral, John decided to give the money to Yorkshire Cancer Research and has continued fundraising ever since.
Initially he set a target of £2,500 using an online JustGiving page but due to the generosity of friends, within a month he increased it to £5,000.
John ran the London marathon in April to raise even more money for the cause and has now surpassed his target with a total of £20,456.78.
Father-of-four John said: “When I decided to take part in the London Marathon in April in memory of Joanne I increased it even further.
“I never expected to get to £20,000, not at this point but maybe later in the year. The fact that I have achieved it now is just fantastic.”
John believes that this positive response is down to his “fantastic wife”.
Joanne worked as a practice nurse in the Brighouse area for more than 20 years.
He said: “She was a great mother who touched the lives of everyone she met.
“Joanne built relationships with lots of her patients over the years and with having four children, she knew thousands of people across Huddersfield.
“It is very humbling to think that hundreds and hundreds have given money in her memory, from £1 to £1,000.
“Raising such a brilliant amount is a legacy to my wife.”
According to Yorkshire Cancer Research, the money raised by John will go towards funding cancer research, diagnosis and treatment projects throughout the region. Š
Sally Crerar, head of community fundraising for Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “It is absolutely amazing that John has reached, and now exceeded, his target to raise £20,000.
“We would like to thank him and everybody who has supported him in his tremendous fundraising efforts.
“As John says, it is very humbling to think just how much people have given, from small donations to the very largest, each one being extremely important.
“Sadly, Yorkshire currently has one of the worst cancer survival rates within the UK, which is due to a lack of funding for world-class researchers and clinicians within the region by the government and national charities.
“Every year Yorkshire Cancer Research spends about £6m on cancer research and we rely on our supporters to fill the gap and continue to save Yorkshire lives.”