An indefatigable fundraiser who has brought in almost £105,000 for good causes in memory of his late wife has been nominated in the Pioneer’s Your Champions awards.

Billy Birch, 72, of Victoria Road, Ellesmere Port, has been helping local charities in memory of his beloved wife Sylvia, who died in his arms aged 49, for over 20 years.

Typical of his efforts are a number of donations he has raised for Cheshire’s leading deafness charity, Deafness Support Network, in the past 18 months.

Young people with deafness who can now enjoy a trip to the great outdoors are just one disadvantaged group which has benefited from his efforts.

Money raised by Billy has purchased a large amount of camping equipment, from tents to torches, for the network’s youth group to use for excursions and activities.

The kit means young people with deafness, who often feel isolated, can enjoy confidence-building trips and outdoor activities.

Other donations he has made include two iPads, a TV, games consoles and games, furniture, a camera and photographic equipment, all of which have been used to help improve services offered by the network.

Chief executive at the Deafness Support Network, Bob Birchall, said: “Billy is well known as a tireless supporter of local charities, and, through him, the kind people of Ellesmere Port have raised more than £100,000 in the past 20 years.

“This support is hugely appreciated and as a representative of one of the charities to benefit, I want to pass on my thanks to Billy and everyone who made a donation to him. Billy is a true inspiration and an ambassador for the town.”

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