Friends raise money in memory of Boro fan Jonny

Friends and family of cancer patient Jonny Elliott who died last year have raised money for the hospital unit where he was treated.

Jonny Elliott, who was treated in the University Hospital of North Tees’ haematology unit, died in mid December just weeks after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in October.

His family and friends helped raise more than £800 at a music night held at Hardwick Social Club recently with local bands Twisted and Spectrum.

His niece Sue Walton, 54, said: “Jonny’s illness was very sudden and was a shock to his family and friends.

“Jonny was a quiet and private man but he always felt comfortable and at ease in the haematology unit.

“We really wanted to do something to say thank you to all of the staff in the unit for everything they did for Jonny.

“I’d also like to thank all of our friends and family who donated so generously on the evening, as well as at Jonny’s funeral.”

Hospital porter Jonny Doyle, a member of Twister who performed on the charity night, said: “It was great to be able to help raise such a large amount of money. I’d like to thank everyone who donated as well as the Stockton Baptist Tabernacle.”

Jonny, who died at the age of 65, was a fanatical Middlesbrough fan where he worked as a steward for 15 years.

On the day of his funeral the hearse carrying Jonny’s body was driven into the entrance of the Riverside Stadium where club staff paid their respects, before going on to the crematorium.

Consultant haematologist Philip Mounter, who treated Jonny, said: “I’d like to thank Jonny’s family and friends for making this very generous donation which will be used to further improve the care we give to patients.”

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