Appeal for Wayne’s fund

Much-missed: Wayne Stansfield
Much-missed: Wayne Stansfield

Goods are being collected to raise money for a fund being established in memory of a much-loved Todmorden man who died tragically in March.

Butcher Wayne Stansfield was killed when he was hit by a car in Halifax Road, Todmorden, on the night of Sunday, March 15.

The area around the family’s J. T. Stansfield shop, also on Halifax Road, was festooned with floral tributes to the well-liked businessman in the weeks after the incident, following which two men were arrested.

Now friends have set up the Wayne Stansfield Memorial Fund to raise money for causes which will be decided by Wayne’s family - he leaves his wife Lisa, daughter Josie, dad Jimmy and brothers Sean and Dean.

Items are soon to be collected for a fundraising stall on Todmorden Market and an account for the fund has been opened at the Yorkshire Bank’s Halifax Road branch where donations can also be made.

A spokesperson for the stall organisers said it would be held at Todmorden Market on May 9, and volunteers, including some from Todmorden High School’s sixth form, will be on hand to take donated items at Morrison’s supermarket, Rochdale Road, Todmorden, on Friday, April 24, from 4pm to 7pm, and on Saturday, April 25, from 10am to 5pm.

She said: “The only thing we are not accepting is footwear but please bring things like toys, bric-a-brac, plants and so on,” she said.

Items or collectables which have a higher value will be held over for an auction at the Golden Lion, Fielden Square, Todmorden, at a date to be arranged.

Anyone who can’t make those dates who wishes to donate, or to find out more details, should telephone 01706 817710.

At the bank branch quote sort code 050959 and the account number is 39423651.

The spokesperson said Wayne was very well liked in the Todmorden community and hoped people would bring items to sell for the appeal, or make a donation.