Fund set by up dying Sheffield dad hits £40,000

Kathie and Mark Taylor
Kathie and Mark Taylor
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A charity fund set up by a dying Sheffield dad in his final few months has collected more than £40,000 in aid of cancer sufferers in just four years.

Mark Haydn Taylor decided to set up a research fund to support the work of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity after being diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer aged 48.

He set himself a target of £10,000 and organised a range of events, including a dinner dance, a barbecue, a skydive and supermarket collections.

But, following Mark’s death five years ago, his family and friends rallied round to continue raising money.

The £40,000 milestone has now been reached ahead of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, which starts tomorrow.

His widow Kathie, from Handsworth, said: “All Mark wanted to do was help others and hopefully we can continue to raise money in his memory which will mean more patients in the future being cured.

“As well as raising money, our goal was to try to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer, which often has few or no symptoms.”

Kathie, who was married to Mark for over 20 years, added: “I’m sure he would be absolutely thrilled that we have raised such an unbelievable amount.”

The latest event was a fancy dress night at Davy Sports Centre in Darnall.

Proceeds from ticket sales went directly to the good cause.

Helen Gentle, the charity’s fundraising manager, said: “It’s a fitting tribute to Mark that his family has gone on to raise such a staggering sum in his memory and we’re very grateful indeed for their continued support.”