Cransley Hospice fundraising ball raises £23,500

Cransley Hospice receives �23,500 from the family of Andrew Bigley, a former Wellingborough councillor
Cransley Hospice receives �23,500 from the family of Andrew Bigley, a former Wellingborough councillor

The widow of a man who died of cancer has handed over £23,500 to Cransley hospice after organising a fundraising ball.

Former Wellingborough councillor Andrew Bigley died of cancer in October 2011 aged 48.

His widow Vicky said: “The fundraising balls all started with Andrew, the first one was held in 2010 when he was told he was in remission.

“The second ball was held in December 2012 to mark what would have been his 50th birthday.”

The first two balls raised more than £55,000 in total and the money was donated to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, where Mr Bigley had surgey, and the oncology unit at Northampton General Hospital, where it paid for an Andrew Bigley friends and family room for people to use when they are visiting cancer patients at the hospital.

The third fundraising ball was held at the Aviator hotel in Sywell in December and raised £23,500. Mr Bigley’s family handed a cheque to Diana Patrick of Cransley hospice on Tuesday.

Mrs Bigley said: “It is a lot of hard work organising the balls, it takes about 11 months. We’re going to let the dust settle on this one first before we think about doing another one, but we have to try and raise £100,000 now.

“We get a lot of support from local businesses and people. Steffans Jewellers of Northampton has been our main sponsor throughout and we’re really grateful to him.

“We gave the money to Cransley this time as we wanted to spread the money round the county.”

Cransley Hospice fundraiser Diana Patrick said: “The money will pay all the hospice’s running costs for 10 days and we’re very grateful to the Bigley family for thinking of us.”