Otley widow’s bid to help fight cancer in husband’s name

Roy Hamilton: died of pancreatic cancer four weeks after diagnosis

Roy Hamilton: died of pancreatic cancer four weeks after diagnosis

By Ed Watson and Shaun Moloney

A grieving woman from Otley is determined to help save the lives of others following the death of her partner.

Denise Woods, whose partner Roy Hamilton died of pancreatic cancer aged 63, is hoping to create something positive from her loss.

Ms Woods, 55,  has teamed up with Whitakers pub in Otley which is hosting a series of charity events in memory of Mr Hamilton.

He died in December, only four weeks after being diagnosed with the cancer, and Ms Woods is keen to raise awareness if it helps others catch the disease early.

She said: “Roy’s death was just so out of the blue. It’s really affected me how sudden it was.

“He seemed so healthy before the diagnosis, I couldn’t believe he got so sick so quickly, and was in so much pain.

“If by raising awareness we can save just one person’s life, that’s good enough for me.”

The first charity event saw 21 golfers compete for the Roy Hamilton Memorial Trophy last week, although there were fears it would be called off.

Ms Woods said: “It was torrential rain that night. People had travelled from the north east of England and London. Thankfully it stopped raining and everyone had a fantastic day.

Whitakers’ landlord Wayne Green, 43, has made Pancreatic Cancer Action the pub’s charity of the year and hopes to raise thousands of pounds in honour of Mr Hamilton.

Mr Green said: “We always have a golf society day every year but Roy had never played before because he’d had other commitments. He was determined his name was first on the list for this year.

“Obviously he couldn’t make it, and that’s why we named the trophy after him.

“I only knew Roy properly for a couple of years but he was just one of those fellas that you just took to instantly. You couldn’t help but like him – his death was such a shock.”

For more information, or how to support Pancreatic Cancer Action, visit pancreaticcanceraction.org

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