Fun day to support iPads fundraiser for hospice

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Patients at a Leeds hospice are to have better access to technology thanks to a generous fundraiser.

Brian Gilligan is supporting Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice in Headingley in memory of one of his closest friends. Gary ‘Deano’ Dean died from cancer in December last year and was cared for at Wheatfields during the final stages of his illness.

Now Brian, from Yeadon, is hoping to raise enough to buy several tablet PCs for patients and their families to access the internet during their stay.

Brian, an IT analyst, said: “I had the idea to try and raise money for tablets that the patients could use when visiting Deano at Wheatfields during his brave battle against cancer.

“I also lost my mum to cancer three years ago and have been a Sue Ryder supporter since then. I saw that the Wifi access was great but not a lot of patients could take advantage of it as they didn’t have devices to go online, communicate with people or watch films or TV programmes. Fighting cancer can mean long periods of downtime and just being able to Skype a loved one or watch something to cheer you up can be a huge boost.”

The 43-year-old has teamed up with his local pub, The Old Ball in Horsforth, to arrange a fundraising family fun day on Saturday, August 27.

Pub manager Tracy Marper said: “Deano was well loved in the pub so it’s great to do something that not only remembers him but also raises funds that can be put to great use for patients at Wheatfields. This is a cause close to all our hearts – Grace, one of our bar staff, lost her grandma to cancer and she was cared for by the team at Wheatfields.”

The day starts at noon with games, prizes, Ronnie Rhino and the bar team dressing up as Disney characters.

Donate to the fundraising via www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Brian-Bru-Gilligan.