The grieving family of a popular Scarborough man are appealing to residents for funds to help pay for his funeral.
Malcolm Charles Douglas, known as Mally, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in January and was told that with chemotherapy he would have another six or seven months to live.
The former Scarborough Borough Council binman was due for his chemotherapy at Scarborough Hospital on May 2 but was told by doctors he was unable to have the treatment due to picking up an infection.
He was deteriorating quickly and was moved to St Catherine’s Hospice on May 10 before sadly passing away at the age of 57 in the early hours of the following morning.
Mally was born and bred in Scarborough and lived in the Falsgrave area and was renowned for walking his dog Dillon to the beach. Mally would speak to proprietors along Falsgrave and the town centre and would also bake cakes for them as a gift.
Mally’s best friend, Carley Fielding, 42, said: “He was a happy go lucky guy who was much loved by many people. Thankfully he is no longer in pain. “Because his death was very sudden, no plans were put in place for his funeral, he had no policies and we need to raise £1,800 to match what we have already to pay the fees for his cremation. Any donations are greatly appreciated by us all.”
Mally also leaves behind children Brandon, James, Peter and Sophie as well as two grandchildren. His funeral will take place at Woodlands Crematorium on Friday at 2.40pm with donations going to St Catherine’s Hospice.
People can donate towards Mally’s funeral by clicking here.