A loving husband who champions tirelessly for charity to keep his mind off his wife’s cancer has been nominated for a Pride of Britain award.
Much-loved Sowerby Bridge father-of-two was nominated in the ITV awards by daughter Pauline for his dedication to raise money for Calderdale Royal Hospital’s Macmillan Unit - where Paul’s wife Jane was treated for ovarian cancer.
Jane was diagnosed in February 2012.
Sainsburys supermarket worker Paul took 14 months off from work to care for his sick wife who had also worked at the Halifax store along with daughter Pauline.
Paul, who has since returned to work has put all his energy into fundraising and set himself a target to raise £20,000 by Christmas.
Paul, who has been nominated in the 2015 Pride of Britain ITV Regions Fundraiser of the Year, said: “I’m going to smash that - I’ve already raised around £19,000.
“I don’t want to give up this is my passion it’s what’s kept me going when I haven’t dared think what might happen.”
Paul was out at Sowerby Bridge market where he was selling items donated through ‘Paul Bottomleys Macmillan selling page’ on facebook.
At the stall, members of the community spoke of their pride for the well-known fundraiser.
“Family, friends and complete strangers have been so generous - none of this would be possible without them.”
And in even bigger and better celebrations, Paul, Jane and family were celebrating Jane’s recent ‘all clear’ at the hospital. She will now return to hospital for remission check-ups.
“It was music to our ears,” said Paul who says he will continue to fundraise for others going through similar experiences to theirs.
Paul has won the Duke of York Community Initiative award and the Queen’s Award for Unsung Heroes.
With thanks to Paul
Calderdale Royal Hospital’s chemotherapy sister on the Macmillan Unit, Pauline Roberts, said: “Paul and Jane Bottomley have been tremendous supporters for the unit. It is always a pleasure for staff to welcome them back onto the unit. Their enthusiasm for fundraising and their terrific donations over the years have enhanced the care we can provide for all our patients now and into the future. They are amazing and we are very grateful.”
Paul’s daughter Pauline nominated her father for the Pride of Britain category. She said: “I’m so proud of my dad - I couldn’t ask for a better person in my life. My work colleagues have nominated him for the award and so have family. He just thinks of others and is determined to help people like my mum. He really struggled when my mum was diagnosed, as we all did but he managed to get some focus by making fundraising his passion.”
Sainsbury’s training officer, Samantha Wainwright, said: “Paul’s a fabulous character, he always has a smile on his face and brightens up the day for staff and me. He’s been through a lot and we wish him all the best in winning the award.”