Community unites in memory of Michelle

SADLY MISSED Michelle Neville
SADLY MISSED Michelle Neville

A community project will come together for a day of fun in memory of a much-loved mum, wife and friend.

On Monday May 6, a bank holiday, Wesley Playhouse in Birstall will keep the memory of Michelle Neville alive while raising money for her family.

Michelle passed away aged 40 in February following a battle with cancer.

She was a regular visitor and volunter at the children’s play area following the birth of her daughter, Rebecca.

Michelle, originally from Birstall, and her family were members of Howden Clough Methodist Church, and she planned her wedding to husband Dave at the Nab Lane church in 1993.

However a badly-timed roof collapse at the church meant the wedding was moved to Gomersal Methodist Church just weeks before the big day.

Michelle of White Lee Side, Batley, supported the Playhouse from its opening in 2007, visiting with her infant daughter.

She was offered a job in its cafe and helped with Playhouse Praise, its bi-monthly religious service.

Project manager Caroline Holt said Michelle was a valuable part of the team and much-loved by the playhouse’s members of staff and visitors.

“She always had a smile on her face. She’d do anything for anybody,” she said.

Husband Dave said Michelle’s other great passion was horses – she was an avid rider and entered competitions with her horses Dolly, Beau, and Poppy.

On May 6, the Playhouse will host stalls and a raffle to raise money for Dave and Rebecca to have the holiday of a lifetime.

The Playhouse is hoping a business will match the funds raised to donate to Kirkwood Hospice and is also appealing for raffle prizes.

Michelle leaves husband Dave, daughter Rebecca, sisters Rachel and Adele and mum Christine.