Charity night helped remember Ricky, 50

Residents raised money for Project Challenge and Martin House. Guy Harnett, Cathy Avis, Tom Harnett, Lorna Butterick, Peter Dawber, Christine Harnett and Sarah Tarpey.
Residents raised money for Project Challenge and Martin House. Guy Harnett, Cathy Avis, Tom Harnett, Lorna Butterick, Peter Dawber, Christine Harnett and Sarah Tarpey.
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FRIENDS and family gathered for a race night in memory of dad-of-two Ricky Harnett.

Mr Harnett, of Greetland, died aged 50 of lung cancer last year and friends decided to mark the year anniversary of his death with an event for charity.

Ricky Harnett, who died aged 50

Ricky Harnett, who died aged 50

The race night was held at Baines Hall, at Elland Cricket Club, in aid of Martin House Hospice and Project Challenge - raising just short of £5,000.

Organiser Cath Avis, whose husband was close friends with Mr Harnett, said: “I thought it would be nice to do something because it is the 12 month anniversary of his death.

“It would be nice to do something in his memory so I thought about a race night.

“He loved to have a bit of a flutter and I discussed it with his wife Christine and we decided to do it.”

Mrs Harnett was there on the night along with the couple’s two sons Tom and Guy, who did a raffle.

Mr Harnett had supported Martin House Hospice, which was often the chosen charity of the Stainland fun run.

Mrs Avis said: “Ricky, though he never ran, supported it. There would be a fun day afterwards at the Red Lion and he always supported that.

“So £3,200 of our total was donated to the hospice.”

Project Challenge received £1,625 for their minibus appeal.

Mrs Avis said: “Everyone enjoyed it.

“It was such a fun night, with people chatting and talking about him. It was a really good way to remember Ricky. In fact we are looking at making it an annual event it was so successful.

“It far exceeded our expectations. We were so pleased with what we raised. People were very generous with sponsorship and spent lots on the night.

“I’d like to thank the people who sponsored and donated prizes and supported us.”