She did it all for the love of Jez

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A RASTRICK mum has raised a massive £10,000 for Overgate Hospice in memory of her husband.

Jez Bray died from a rare form of stomach cancer at the age of 52 last August.

Since his death his wife Rachel has been promising to put on a fund-raiser in a bid to raise vital funds for the Elland hospice, where he received care for two years.

“I first asked Jack McDaid, who owns the Casa if I could use his marquee last bonfire night. Jack knew us both and he said he would be more than happy to help and let me use the marquee for nothing,” she said.

“It developed from there. I had in my head what I wanted to happen and on the night, thankfully, it all did.

“My children helped to organise the event and I went round all the local businesses to donate raffle prizes and auction prizes. People were really generous for the prizes. My son is in two bands and they both played that night.

“Jez was a lovely person, a real people’s person and when he died there was nearly 300 people at his funeral.

“I didn’t have any trouble getting rid of the tickets ause he was so popular. A lot of it was down to the type of person he was which made it so easy to do.

“He was diagnosed with the cancer two years previous and he put up a real fight. He never complained. He was just that sort of person. In fact he made such an impression at Overgate that one of the tables was taken by some of the nurses who cared for him.”

The event was also attended by Tom Reynolds, one of the finalists on this year’s Masterchef competition. He was asked to attend the event and put himself up for auction to cook a meal for six in the winner’s home.

Rachel who lives in Crowtrees Lane had hoped to raise around £6,000 which is how much it costs to run the hospice per day. But instead she raised £10,089.

The event was attended by their children Emma, Charlotte, James, Reece, and Jeremy. Another of Jez’s sons Jordan couldn’t attend.

See next week’s Echo for a full selection of pictures from the event.