Family’s new cancer charity in memory of beloved Guy

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A GRIEVING family has set up a charity to fund research into the cancer which took the life of dad-of-three Guy Layton.

Mr Layton, a former Sowerby Bridge Grammar School pupil, died in February aged 56 after a brave battle with leukemia.

His brother Simon Layton, 49, mum Helen Johnson, 75, and sister Vanessa Casaru, 58, have set up the Guy Layton Leukemia Research Fund in his memory.

Simon, of Springfield, Sowerby Bridge, said: “We set it up really as a result of our experience of the suffering, not only of patients but also the carers.

“We wanted to give something back. The object of the charity is to raise money to conribute to improve facilities and services for leukemia.

“The money raised will be going to the Leukemia Research Charity.”

Guy Layton, who was living in Oxfordshire when he died, had a PhD and worked in research for the medical profession.

In a tragic twist of irony, much of his research was dedicated towards cancer and his desire to improve diagnoses and find a cure.

Before his diagnosis early last year, Guy was fit and active and had twice run the London Marathon. He had three boys – Robert, 23, who is on the charity’s committee, and twins Tom and Andy, 20.

He initially recovered from the cancer but then it came back with a vengence.

Simon said: “It was awful. And one of the biggest things was seeing other people and their carers go through it. It was pretty harrowing.

“Guy was in hospital for six months, on and off, and developed friendships with other patients. One of his friends died when he was there. And I had to tell another of his friends that Guy had passed away. That haunted look on his face will never leave me.”

It was this suffering which sparked the family’s decision to set up a charity.

Simon added: “They are so brave to carry out, to keep fighting it.”

The first charity event is a quiz night at The Griffin, Barkisland, on Wednesday June 29 at 7pm. To organise an event or contribute to the fund email simonlayton@aol.com.