Joint Leeds family effort raises £41,000 for cancer research

Michelle Beever, with retired butcher Bob Leary, and his daughter Michelle George.
Michelle Beever, with retired butcher Bob Leary, and his daughter Michelle George.
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WHEN Michelle George was diagnosed with breast cancer seven years ago, it was a huge blow for the family.

Soon after her cousin Michelle Beever was also diagnosed with breast cancer and ever since, the family has sprung into fundraising action and to date has raised a total of £41,000 for three breast cancer and research charities, through social events.

Busy mum-of-three Michelle, 44, also a grandma, from Garforth, is now recovering from the breast cancer but is receiving radiotherapy treatment for a tumour on her pituitary gland.

She said: “Yes it keeps us busy. I am taking over the reins next year as my dad is away. Breast cancer now affects one in eight women, and almost everyone knows someone or has a close family member who is suffering or affected by this disease.

“People are ever so generous and we have a lot of individuals to thank. I am doing alright at the moment health wise.”

Proud great-grandfather Bob Leary, president of the Leeds Association of Master Retail Butchers, has arranged the special annual dinner dance event since 2006 after his daughter Michelle was diagnosed.

The next event, a karaoke night, is to be held in October at Garforth Working Men’s Club and a dinner dance is booked at the Holiday Inn, Garforth, next March.

Bob, 68, of Garforth, worked as a butcher in Leeds for 40 years with Leary shops in Beeston and Roundhay, but has now retired.

He said: “It takes a lot of organising but is well worth it on the night. To date, over the last seven years, we have raised £41,000.”

Cash has been given to the Breast Cancer Care charity, Breast Cancer Research, based at Leeds General Infirmary and also Cancer Research UK.

The beef for the dinner is donated by butcher Jim McLean of Dalziels of Glasshoughton.

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