Touching tribute to Richard

Michael Woolley received a cheque for �1000 from the Pomegranite Theatre following a festival play written by his late son Richard who died of leukaemia. Along with money raised from his book �3100 will be split between Anthony Nolan Trust and Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. Also pictured are Carole Copeland, Festival Organiser at the Pomegranite and Liz Woodall, theatre manager, and Marion Woolley.
Michael Woolley received a cheque for �1000 from the Pomegranite Theatre following a festival play written by his late son Richard who died of leukaemia. Along with money raised from his book �3100 will be split between Anthony Nolan Trust and Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. Also pictured are Carole Copeland, Festival Organiser at the Pomegranite and Liz Woodall, theatre manager, and Marion Woolley.

FUNDRAISING in memory of a young journalist is supporting research into finding a cure for cancer.

Family and friends of Richard Woolley, who was 26 when he died of leukaemia in 2009, have raised over £3,000 to date.

A third of that total came via the Pomegranate Theatre where the work of talented playwright Richard was honoured in an afternoon of readings and plays.

The rest of the money was raised through the sale of a book, entitled Leukaemia – My Marathon For Love, which comprises excerpts from Richard’s diaries, and the DVD of the theatre production.

Proceeds have been split between Anthony Nolan and the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research charities.

Mike Woolley, who compiled the book from his son’s diary entries, said: “I am sure Richard is quietly impressed by how well we have done in raising this amount for the charities close to his heart.

“We were overjoyed with the quality of the theatre production and special gratitude is extended to Carole Copeland for giving us this opportunity to celebrate Richard’s writing talent.

The fundraising in Richard’s memory will continue. Mike said: “We are planning a ‘Forget Me Not’ day for Richard, and the same charities for June 9, 2012. The event will be dragon boat racing at Rother Valley Country Park.

“We will be recruiting more than 154 people needed to ‘crew the boats’ and raise £100 each (minimum) to cover the costs of the event and raise as much as we can for charity.

“We will hope for a sum in excess of £5,000 for charity. Corporate sponsors are most welcome.”

Richard, who was married and lived in Hasland, was a sub-editor at the Ripley and Heanor News and previously worked as a reporter at the Matlock Mercury.