A WELL-known former florist has raised £13,000 for a Yorkshire charity – despite battling an aggressive brain tumour.
Guy Nichol was found to have the grade four tumour in August last year after collapsing on holiday.
The illness has forced the Leeds city centre florist to give up work, but he was determined to fundraise for Leeds-based charity Brain Tumour Research and Support across Yorkshire (BTRS).
Mr Nichol, from Whitkirk, Leeds, said: “I try to look on the positive side of life and not the negative. I’ve got two sons and two daughters that are healthy and have the world in front of them and I take a lot of positivity out of that.”
The 54-year-old had 95 per cent of the tumour removed through surgery and then underwent chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Sadly the illness meant he was unable to see daughter Selina marry in Australia earlier this year, though he recorded a speech via video and watched the ceremony via Facetime.
He is currently undergoing further chemotherapy and raised the bumper total through a hugely successful evening at Leeds Irish Centre, which also featured music, an auction and Mr Nichol performing a comedy set.
His wife Shelley said: “He can’t drive or work, so he’s thrown all his efforts into fundraising.”
Mrs Nichol has also joined a BTRS event while Mr Nichol’s brother Bruce is taking part in a marathon in Switzerland for the cause. Rachel Finlay, BTRS charity manager, said: “We are humbled by the efforts of a family who, when faced with their own difficult times, have chosen to support a local charity and help others affected by a brain tumour in Yorkshire. They are a truly amazing family.”
* Donate via www.justgiving.com/Shelley-Nicol.