Bill Waters, a retired prison service worker and well-known, friendly face at the Friarage, has raised a massive £6,200 in less than a year, initially selling car raffle tickets, before going on to hold a regular tombola stall of his own.
Now, in a bid to get more people behind the campaign and help raise the last £500,000 needed to secure a new MRI scanner for the Friarage, Bill has revealed how his late wife Pamela inspires him to raise funds as part of the #MyReasonIs campaign.
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As a couple, Bill and Pamela – a “warm and caring” lady who worked as a care assistant at Dales School – had always enjoyed raising money for good causes, and after Pamela passed away almost five years ago at the age of 76, Bill found a new sense of purpose in raising money for the hospital where Pamela was cared for during her short battle with leukaemia.
Bill said: “I think Pamela would be over the moon with what I’ve done! It’s kept me going really.”
Bill, who has battled bowel cancer and also lives with Parkinson’s Disease, had himself been due to travel from his home town in Northallerton to The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough for an MRI scan – but was able to have treatment without it in the end.
“My daughter, who lives in Ripon, would have had to have taken a day off work to get me to that appointment,” he said.
“The Friarage Hospital is so valuable to people all over North Yorkshire and it gives me great satisfaction to be able to support it.”