Bev’s big boost

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BRAVE Bev Dransfield’s cancer fight received a welcome boost after a charity night raised over £12,000 for her care.

Bev, 42, of Gomersal, is currently undergoing alternative therapy at a clinic in Arizona, USA, as she fights the disease for the second time.

She survived breast cancer several years ago, but in November she was told by doctors it had been detected in her lungs, liver and lymphatic system.

She flew to America for treatment involving low levels of chemotherapy, a special diet and homeopathic remedies, on Boxing Day.

Over the last few years, Bev and her friends have raised thousands of pounds for cancer charities by holding pink nights at Gomersal Cricket Club,

The latest event drew in huge crowds of supporters keen to back Bev by donating money for her treatment, including an auction of a signed England cricket top and signed Leeds United shirt.

The appeal to help pay for her treatment was a tremendous success, with £12,00 raised during the night.

Bev even appeared on the television screens during the party, via a web feed, to see the events unfold.

The evening was compered by Jeff Brown, who stars in the Safestyle UK adverts, along with his buy-one-get-one-free catch phrase.

He said: “After a whirlwind tour of Plymouth, Exeter, Bristol and Swindon, I was greeted at Gomersal by warm-hearted Yorkshire folk who gave very generously, and we even had a webcam link to Bev in Arizona.

“It was fantastic to talk to Bev and for her to see for herself how much her family and friends are rooting for her.”

Jeff presented a cheque for £1,000 to her husband, Lee, on behalf of Safestyle and he praised the dedication of her friends, family and supporters.

Bev’s brother Jonathan Fischer, who works for the company in Leeds, hailed a terrific night.

He said everyone had enjoyed a good evening and showed their support for such an inspirational lady.

Jonathan said: “Everybody I have spoken to said the night was fantastic and Jeff really made the night. He was brilliant.

“We thought we might raise between £3,000 and £6,000 on the night but we have raised about £12,000 and there is more to come.”