Mandy Taylor: Funeral details revealed for beloved fundraiser

The details of the funeral of Mandy Taylor - the beloved Yorkshire fundraiser who died earlier this month aged 53 - have been released.

By Ian Hirst
Tuesday, 14th December 2021, 6:45 am

The service will be held at Fixby Crematorium on December 30 at 9.15am.

More than 100 of Mandy's friends and family are set to attend her funeral - but there has been some space set aside for members of the public to go along to pay their respects.

Organisers of the funeral said there will be 120 seats inside the building which have been set aside for friends and family, who will all be given a white ribbon to wear. Anyone not wearing a white ribbon will not be allowed a seat.

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Mandy Taylor died earlier this month, aged just 53

However, there is standing room only at the back of the room for members of the public to attend, while the service will also be live-streamed outside for anyone who wishes to attend but cannot fit inside the room.

Mandy had helped raise funds for the refurbishment of The Piece Hall in Halifax among a number of other ventures and charities, and inspired many people because of her unrelenting positivity.

Despite being diagnosed with cancer three times in the last 10 years, she said it had introduced her to a world of new opportunities while in her 40s.

The 53-year-old Taylor helped raise more than £2 million for good causes and played a key role in establishing Forget Me Not Children's Hospice.

Chief Executive of The Piece Hall Trust Nicky Chance-Thompson has said: "Sometimes there are no words to express the pain of losing someone who was so amazing, one of life’s one-offs.

"Kind, brave and selfless, I will always cherish my dear friend and never forget her. Heaven has gained a true angel. Will always love you."

Chair of The Piece Hall Sir Roger Marsh said: "It is with much sadness that we learned of the death of our dear ambassador Mandy Taylor.

"Mandy always brought positivity to everything she was involved in. The Piece Hall was one of her happy places.

"She both inspired us and touched all our hearts."

Many others have been taking to social media with their tributes, describing her as "bubbly", "passionate", "caring", "kind", "beautiful" and "unique".

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