Liv Stokkan held a fun day in Eversley to raise cash for Cancer Research UK
A widow has donated nearly £5,000 to the UK’s leading cancer charity this week following the death of her partner.
Liv Stokkan, 44, from Yateley, lost Neil Young to pancreatic cancer in July 2011 after he fought with the disease for two tough years.
She, along with her close friends, held a fundraising event this summer in memory of her late partner but also to support Cancer Research UK’s mission to combat the disease for good.
Ms Stokkan said: “Last year it was still very raw so we decided to hold an Olympic games fun day this year in memory of Neil.
“The Olympic games took place this time last summer and they were about team effort, honesty and passion and that is what the fun day was about.
“The fun day was something positive to focus on.
“Everybody got together, local businesses donated items for the raffle and we had lots of food including a barbecue, sweet stall and cake stall.”
Neil was a frequent customer of the Frog and Wicket pub in Eversley and that was the venue for the fun day on August 3.
Neil’s younger brother Phil Young also died of pancreatic cancer only two months before him and seven months later their mother Pat Young died.
“I organised three funerals in less than nine months and needless to say, a lot of people in Yateley knows the family and may wish to donate,” Ms Stokkan said.
More than 50 people attended the fun day and memorial wrist bands designed by Jess Higgins from Dreamlinegraphics in Yateley were sold to raise extra cash for the cancer charity.
Cupcakes with pictures of birds on, Neil’s main interest, were donated by Sue Butcher from Cheesygrins.co.uk who is setting up her own cake-making company in Yateley.
The main organisation that sponsored the event was electrical supplier Newey and Eyre.
“Thank you to all the staff and customers at the Frog and Wicket for their tremendous support,” Ms Stokkan said.
Ms Stokkan, along with her two friends Valerie Ockington and Cheryl Kendrick and Neil’s 23-year-old step-daughter Connie Cole helped to organise the event and raised £2,700.
Fellow fundraisers from the area Ged O’Neill and Darren Clements walked Europe’s largest surviving Roman monument, Hadrian’s Wall, and raised a further £2,000.
Neil lived and grew up in Yateley and died aged 49. He also left behind his son Ben, 22. His passion was birds of prey and he owned a Harris hawk.
“He had the hawk all his life but sadly only really had a chance to devote himself to it when he became unable to work due to cancer treatments,” Ms Stokkan said.
“But it helped him tremendously to have this in his life for the last two years and towards the end.”
Ms Stokkan, who is the community manager at Yateley School and coordinator for Hart’s local children’s partnership, added: “Neil was and still is a very special and inspirational person and we miss him and think of him every day.
“Neil battled through rough cancer treatments and operations and although it slowed him down it did not stop him.
“He amazed everyone with his courage and resilience.”
She added that she would like to hold a similar event next year to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/Liv-Stokkan.