A CHARITY is hoping a programme signed by late singer Stephen Gately will help boost their bid to help young cancer patients.
The Laura Crane Trust is holding a prize auction at its Halloween Ball at the end of the month.
The star item will be a programme from Boyzone’s 2009 Better major arena tour, which was signed by all the members of the Irish boy band.
It was donated to the charity a few weeks ago, just before 33-year-old Stephen’s tragic death on October 10.
Now the Huddersfield-based charity are hoping that at least some good can come out of the singer’s death by helping their bid to fund research into cancers affecting young people.
Pam Thornes, fundraising manager at the trust, said: “Stephen – and the rest of the band – did quite a bit for charity.
“He was only in his 30s when he died, but I think that if some good can come from this it is the fact that it’s going to help make a real difference to other young people.
“We’re now hoping to forge a great link with Boyzone and perhaps work with them on projects in the future.”
The full colour souvenir programme, features pictures and details of what was to be the band’s last tour together.
The programme was given to the charity by a man who worked with the stars on the tour.
Pam said: “A couple of weeks ago I met this chap and told him about the charity, he told me he’d done work with Boyzone and had a signed programme he could give to support us.
“Then sadly the news came through that Stephen had died and we got in touch with the man and said we would quite understand if he felt he didn’t want to give the programme to us anymore.
“But he said he was happy that it was going to be put to such a good cause – he said Stephen would have wanted to make a difference to young cancer patients.
“That was a lovely thing for him to do, very generous considering the circumstances.”
The tour programme, which talks about the band’s big comeback, is signed by all five group members on the inside cover picture.
The fancy-dress Halloween Ball takes place on October 31 at the Bradford Cedar Court Hotel.
Entertainment for the guests – to include young cancer patients – includes dancing and the prize auction, which also has shirts signed by Andy Murray and Huddersfield Giants players.
The Boyzone programme is already generating a lot of interest on the charity’s Facebook page and it is expected to raise a lot of money at the event.
The charity hopes to smash the £15,000 raised through last year’s ball.
Pam said: “The programme could be picked up by a collector or a fan – a lot of people grew up with and loved Boyzone. We haven’t got a clue how much it will raise.
Tickets for the ball are priced £39 and available on 01484 510013 or online at: