Husband raises thousands in memory of wife Rosie

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A caring husband who has spent the toughest year of his life keeping his wife’s memory alive by fundraising for her favourite charities has come up with a novel way of boosting the fund.

Phil Yardley was devastated when his wife, Rosie, died a year ago in Saint Catherine’s – the hospice where she had once helped others as a volunteer. She had been suffering from breast cancer and was just 36.

Phil wanted something good to come from the tragedy and threw himself into fundraising to support her favourite charities. Within a year, he had raised almost £5,000 and his latest venture is guaranteed to raise even more. Phil is creating bespoke bird boxes for each of the charities his wife loved. “The Saint” is for Saint Catherine’s and can be tailor made to attract robins or wrens. There is also “The Macmillan” for the Macmillan nurses at Scarborough Hospital, and “The Lavender” is for the Lavender Trust which supports young victims of breast cancer. The boxes are made for a range of birds including house sparrows and tits.

Money raised from selling the boxes will be pooled along with lots of other money from Phil’s fundraising ventures and divided between the charities later in the year. Contact Phil via the Facebook page R2:C2 or via the hospice fundraising team on (01723) 378406.