A ball to celebrate the life of Lee Stewart Walker and to mark what would have been his 52nd birthday, has raised £7,428 for Yorkshire Cancer Research.

Lee, from Brockholes, passed away in April 2023, after a courageous journey with cancer, leaving behind his partner Gary, daughters Abbie and Kayla, a loving family and many friends.

The Light of Lee Ball, held at The Huntsman Inn, Holmfirth, on June 8, included a drinks reception, three course dinner, Memories of Lee presentation, an auction, raffle and Las Vegas themed entertainment.

Gary said: “Yorkshire Cancer Research is a charity close to our hearts. During Lee’s illness, he received groundbreaking immunotherapy treatment which helped to prolong his life. This was only possible through pioneering charities, such as Yorkshire Cancer Research.

“A huge thank you to Gini Wilde for organising a perfect, fitting tribute to Lee. I would also like to thank local businesses for donating amazing raffle and auction prizes, and our wonderful guests for their generosity.

“The ball was a great celebration of Lee’s life and legacy. We are delighted that an incredible amount of money has been raised to help fund vital cancer research and services for people in Yorkshire.”

Eileen Broadbent, treasurer of the Huddersfield Volunteer Group, Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “Lee’s memory will live on, and we are grateful to his family and friends for their generous support.

“His family requested funeral donations to Yorkshire Cancer Research and have held a quiz fundraiser and The Light of Lee Ball. To date, more than £10,000 has been raised to help fund life-saving cancer research in Yorkshire.”