A Baildon widower who lost his wife to end stage liver disease is continuing to fundraise for the hospital where she received care.
Eddy Robinson hopes the money he and his daughters, Gemma and Yvonne, donated will help other patients in a similar situation to his wife, Bea, 66, who passed away at Bradford Royal Infirmary (BRI) a year ago on February 21.
“Dr Moreea and his staff made a huge difference to Bea’s life in the three years since she was diagnosed and we wanted to give something back to other people who are in a similar situation,” said Eddy, 61, from Acre Rise.
“I don’t believe in park benches, I’d much rather see the money going into the likes of research in the hope that one day it will make a difference to someone else.”
The most recent donation was raised when the family hosted ‘Bea’s Happy Nite’ on what would have been her 67th birthday at the Baildon Club, Towngate, on 11 December.
In May, Eddy visited Dr Moreea at the Bradford Institute for Health Research, situated within the grounds of the BRI, to donate £650 which was collected at Bea’s funeral.
The money, like today’s donation, went towards the work of the Liver Research Centre which is the largest hepatology unit of its kind in West Yorkshire.
The latest donation also includes £500 from an old friend of Eddy’s, Clive Thomas, who is originally from Manchester but now runs a freight forwarding company in Australia. Eddy’s own business, Delta Wing International, donated £200 towards catering costs for the evening.
Dr Moreea said: “We are very grateful for Eddy and his daughters’ donation and can assure them that the money will be put to good use within our research team which includes two highly specialised research nurses, one Fellow who is studying for a medical doctorate and a research assistant.
“Bea was a patient we will always remember and she bore her illness with great dignity.”
Eddy added: “I’d like to say thanks to local businesses for their kind raffle prize contributions and for those who donated cash and attended Bea’s party in December.
“Bea was the love of my life and we had been together for 38 years, although she is missed I know she would be happy that her tragic death may help others in the future.”