A Clitheroe charity hero who successfully fought cancer twice has been named as a “community champion” by a leading charity.
Bill Honeywell, of West Bradford, who was recently awarded a British Empire Medal for his charitable services, was planning a charity cycling event at home when he was surprised by the iflorist and Rosemere Cancer Foundation teams.
Iflorist, based in Burnley, provided gifts for Bill, including a bouquet of flowers and a bottle of red wine, during “Volunteers Week” earlier this month. He was named as one of Rosemere’s “Community Champions” for his service to the charity, which includes raising more than £15,000 for them since 2009.
Bill (61), of Honeywell’s Estate Agents, has beaten cancer twice, with his last battle in 1999 against bowel cancer. Since then he has found a love for cycling and fundraising, especially for Rosemere, who he got involved with after his good friend Margaret Watkins lost her battle with cancer.
Bill said: “When Margaret died I really wanted to do something in her memory. Her husband, Mike, told me about how well Rosemere had looked after her when she was ill.
“I decided to do something big and daring, and I ended up walking all 214 Wainwright fells in the Lake District in just under two months and raised £2,000.
Now a self-confessed lover of fund-raising, Bill has also been an avid supporter of Cancer Research UK since his recovery, completing a 4,500-mile cycle around the coast of Great Britain in 2011, raising over £32,000. In 2012 he cycled the 42 Hebridean Isles, raising money for Cancer Research UK and Rosemere.
He also gives regular speeches and talks about his personal experiences and the many trips and journey’s he has made, the proceeds of which he gives to Rosemere. His wife, Val is also a supporter of the charity.
The surprise presentation was part of iflorist and Rosemere’s blossoming partnership, with iflorist already getting involved and providing flowers and prizes for previous Rosemere fundraisers.
Daniel Hill, from Rosemere, said: “Bill loved his surprise – he wasn’t expecting it at all.
“It is great that we have the support from iflorist as it means we can give our volunteers a small token of our appreciation and really thank them for everything they do.”