Family and friends of a popular grandfather from Chapel Allerton donated £1,320 at his funeral to the YEP’s Half and Half Appeal in his memory.
The large sum was collected by over 150 mourners who gathered at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Moortown to pay tribute to John McNicholl. The dad-of-two and grandfather-of-one died at the age of 69 after a short battle with lung and brain cancer.
His wife Susan, 64, said he had always wanted to give money to the Half and Half Appeal - which raises equal amounts for both Leeds’ hospices: St Gemma’s, in Moortown, and Sue Ryder Wheatfields in Headingley.
She said: “He always said ‘If I ever win millions of pounds, most of it would go the Half and Half Appeal, or direct to the hospices’. The hospices are so worthwhile and they don’t get anywhere near enough money. John had cancer and would have been in the hospice if he hadn’t died so suddenly.
“I just wanted to help them. You never know when you might need them and if there’s no money to run the places they will just close down.” John had worked as an electrician throughout his life - still working in a semi-retired capacity until he fell ill with what doctors originally suspected was a chest infection. But his condition worsened and he sadly died in hospital less than six weeks later, in May.
His daughter Lucy Taylor said: “He was very positive, he was going to fight it. He was fit and healthy and still working. He had a massive lust for life - lived every day as if it was his last. He was just a really happy, laid-back man. Lots of people came to the funeral. We were gob-smacked with the £1,320. It’s sheer testament to what people thought of my dad.”
***The YEP’s Half and Half Appeal is believed to be the longest running regional newspaper charity campaign in the country.
Since it began in 1982, it has so fair raised £2.9 for St Gemma’s Hospice and Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice.
Last year we launched ‘Project £3m’ to try and reach the impressive target and now there are new and easier ways to donate:
You can donate online at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/YEPHalfandHalfAppeal - where you can also leave a message.
You can send a cheque, payable to ‘The Yorkshire Evening Post Half & Half Appeal’ to the Editor’s Secretary, Yorkshire Evening Post, No 1 Leeds, 26 Whitehall Road, LS12 1BE. The envelope should be marked ‘Half and Half’.