£1m fundraiser calls it a day

Jim Maudsley
Jim Maudsley

A volunteer from Halifax is retiring after dedicating four decades to raising nearly £1m for Yorkshire Cancer Research.

Jim Maudsley, 73, who worked as a general manager at British Gas in Halifax, held numerous collections and attended lots of events in the Halifax area.

He became vice-chairman and held the position of chairman for five years before being made a ife president of the committee in 1990.

In its heyday, the group would raise £40,000 every year, and their success rested on Jim’s passion for the cause. The Halifax Committee was the first to introduce branded Yorkshire Cancer Research t-shirts and sweatshirts to help promote the charity within the town and they always wore them while fundraising.

Since Jim joined the committee, they have raised a staggering £949,614.

Sally Crerar, head of community fundraising at Yorkshire Cancer Research, praised Jim for his efforts over the past 40 years. Since Jim joined the committee, they have raised a staggering £949,614.

She said: “On behalf of the charity, I would like to sincerely thank Jim for his dedication and congratulate him on such a fantastic achievement. His contribution to the charity is immeasurable and his commitment will be hugely missed. Our committees are the backbone of our charity and people like Jim have been vital to the progress we have made in the fight against cancer.”