MORE than £1,300 has been raised in memory of a community champion from South Tyneside.
Eddie Taylor, 73, died in January last year following a long battle with leukaemia.
As a keyboard player, Mr Taylor worked with many people with learning difficulties at centres in South Shields.
His widow, Kath Taylor, of Tweed Street, Jarrow, and fellow members of Jarrow Women’s Institute have held a fundraising coffee morning in his memory.
The event was held at St Peter’s Church in York Avenue, Jarrow, and raised £1,365.
That sum was complemented by £155 raised by an earlier coffee morning, plus money from a member celebrating a birthday and additional cash from a fund given to Jarrow WI members for serving as volunteers at the Great North Run.
Mrs Taylor, 75, said: “Eddie was diagnosed with leukaemia 12 years ago, and his condition got progressively worse.
“He was treated at the haematology unit at South Tyneside District Hospital and Jarrow WI kindly raised the cash for the unit.
“I would like to thank all my fellow WI members and everyone who helped raise the money in Eddie’s memory.
“The coffee morning was a highly successful event, and I was pleased to hand the money over to John Pattison, of the haematology unit at South Tyneside District Hospital, where Eddie received a lot of help.”
A spokesman for Jarrow WI said: “Eddie used his talents as a gifted musician and artist to help many people with learning difficulties during his career, and later, as willing volunteer, he was always happy to lend a hand at WI events.”