Funds raised for Harrogate-based former footballer Stuart Gray are to be donated to two charities.
Stuart, who played for Celtic and was the son of Leeds United legend Eddie Gray, died on January 27, with a rare form of cancer. He was 50 years old.
Stuart’s brother, Nick, set up a GoFundMe page to raise funds for experimental treatments to tackle the cholangiocarcinoma — also known as bile duct cancer.
The appeal generated more than £50,000 but because father-of-five Stuart’s condition progressed and reduced treatment options, much of the sum raised remains.
Nick Gray has now said the remaining funds will be donated to the AMMF – a Cholangiocarcinoma charity. He added a potion would also be donated to Saint Michael’s Hospice, which cared for him in his final weeks.
“In true Stu style, he fought right until the very end, and he passed away peacefully surrounded by his family. He will be terribly missed by us all.
“The fight doesn’t stop now, and myself and others will continue to fundraise regularly for the AMMF and Saint Michael’s, with plans already in place for an event later this year.
“Not that we need it, but I hope that these events will be a regular reminder of Stu, his life, and the work that still needs to be done in the fight against cancer.”
The Stray Ferret reported last year that Stuart had been diagnosed with stage four cholangiocarcinoma – also known as a form of bile duct cancer.
Saint Michael’s Hospice, which is based at Hornbeam Park, cares for people with terminal illnesses and those experiencing bereavement
“The work they do for people living with terminal illnesses cannot be underestimated and we will forever be grateful to them.”
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