Plaque honour for Jane Tomlinson in home city of Leeds

  • Plaque unveiled in Leeds honouring achievements of Jane Tomlinson
  • Location holds special significance for the late fundraiser’s family
  • Plaque is one of dozens put up by the Yorkshire Society over the last three decades
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A plaque has been unveiled in Leeds city centre honouring the fundraising achievements of the late Jane Tomlinson and the charity set up in her name.

The plaque is one of dozens that have been put in place across the county over the last 30 years or so by the Yorkshire Society.

Jane Tomlinson's widower Mike and daughter Suzanne at the new plaque.

Jane Tomlinson's widower Mike and daughter Suzanne at the new plaque.

And, fittingly, it is situated in Victoria Gardens – a location that has a special resonance for Jane’s family.

Many of her epic fundraising bike rides either finished in or passed through Victoria Gardens, on the Headrow.

The site also marks the finishing line for the annual Leeds 10K race, a key part of Jane’s charity legacy.

Today’s unveiling ceremony was attended by Jane’s widower Mike and daughter Suzanne.

Thank you to the Yorkshire Society for thinking of Jane. Victoria Gardens is such an important place for the family and brings back a lot of memories for us.

Mike said: “Thank you to the Yorkshire Society for thinking of Jane. Victoria Gardens is such an important place for the family and brings back a lot of memories for us.”

Yorkshire Society member Peter Barber said: “I have always admired Jane. To be able to honour her with a plaque has been a true pleasure and a personal goal of mine.

“What she achieved was just phenomenal. She showed true Yorkshire grit and as a society we are so pleased that the family have allowed us to recognise her in this way.”

Jane, from Rothwell, raised £1.8m with a series of endurance challenges before her death from cancer aged 43 in 2007.

Running events such as the Leeds 10K continue to be held in the mum-of-three’s memory and last month it was announced that the amount raised by the Jane Tomlinson Appeal and its partner charities had reached £7.6m.

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