RUNNERS battled mixed weather on a charity sports day in memory of a dancer and actor.
About 100 people turned out for the third annual Andrew’s Day at Leeds Road Playing Fields.
The day raised hundreds of pounds for the Andrew Spencer Memorial Trust on behalf of Epilepsy Action and Cardiac Risk in the Young.
Andrew, 33, died suddenly at the home, in Waterloo, he shared with his parents, Ray and Lesley, four years ago.
Andrew suffered from epilepsy but it is not known if this was the cause of his death.
Volunteers yesterday took part in a 5km run and traditional school games such as egg and spoon races and sack races while toddlers took part in a fancy dress run and walk.
The event also included a tombola, raffle, face painting, a bouncy castle and refreshments.
Helen Finelli, a friend of the Spencer family and Andrew’s Day organiser, said: “It was OK. I think the weather stopped a few people coming but the people that were there seemed to enjoy themselves and have laugh.
“I’m sure we’ll do another Andrew’s Day next year.”
The Andrew Spencer Trust has raised more than £20,000 to buy equipment for epilepsy sufferers – including alarms – in the four years since it was formed.
The trust, set up by Andrew’s parents, Ray and Lesley, has held concerts, balls, an activity day and other events since Andrew’s death to celebrate his memory and to help other young people.
As well as a professional dancer, Andrew was a keen rugby player who played for Fartown Academy and Moldgreen.
He was the UK National Tap Dance Champion in his teens and went on to work as a professional dancer, often on cruise ships in the Caribbean.
Recurrent injury problems made him hang up the dancing shoes and he turned to amateur operatics.
Andrew was a member of Huddersfield Light Opera Company and was renowned for his comic roles.
He also helped out many other operatic societies, including Lindley.
For more information about the Andrew Spencer Memorial Trust visit