Tragic Westhoughton man’s legacy for homeless
MONEY raised in memory of a Westhoughton man is set to benefit a charity for homeless people.
The money, was raised to remember Alan Palmer, aged 48, of The Pungle, who died in May after being diagnosed with cancer.
His wife Joanne, aged 42, handed a cheque for £1,200 to Bolton charity Urban Outreach, which helps homeless people earlier this week. Joanne said she decided to started the fundraising for Alan because he had spent five years living on the streets of Guildford after losing his job as a builder in the late 1980s. She said: “When he was on the streets he always tried to help out when and where he could.
“He would help youngsters who were down on their luck by teaching them how to become streetwise.
“And because of the high toll homelessness takes on the older people, he often helped organise their funerals.
“He told me he spent most of the time living in derelict buildings, and for the rest of his life, understood what many homeless people had been through.”
In the early 1990s, Mr Palmer moved to Bolton, after his sister Lynne Williams, dad John and mum Joy Boothby settled in the town. Joanne met Alan at a sandwich bar in Westhoughton and the couple tied the knot six month later.
A variety of events were organised to raise the cash including a fundraising at Westhoughton's Sport and Social Club and another one last weekend at the Victoria Pub.
The effort involved singers donating their time for free, raffles, tombola football cards and an auction.
Joanne now plans to donate most of her husband's belongings to the charity.
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