Tenth anniversary charity night in memory of brave Boyd

Anita Farrel with a painting of her late son, Boyd Dagleish
Anita Farrel with a painting of her late son, Boyd Dagleish
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A CHARITY memorial night to a Hartlepool man will be held on the 10th anniversary of him losing his brave fight for life.

The fundraising night is being organised by the family of Boyd Dagleish, who received a kidney transplant from his dad Brian.

The operation was a success and gave Boyd, a former soldier, an extra eight years of life, during which time he saw the birth of his youngest daughter.

He went on to become an award-winning chef and won a clutch of medals in the Transplant Games.

But he became ill again when his body started to reject the kidney and he died from heart failure aged 38, in 2002.

Now his family plan to honour his memory and raise money for worthy causes at the charity night next month.

His mum Anita Farrel also hopes it will encourage more people to carry donor cards.

It will take place at the Staincliffe Hotel, where Boyd worked as head chef, on Friday, February 17.

Anita, 66, said: “With it being the 10th anniversary of losing Boyd, I decided I would do a charity night.

“I want the money to stay locally, so it will go to the kidney ward at James Cook hospital and also the Freeman hospital in Newcastle where he had his transplant.”

Dad of three Boyd, who lived in Belmont Gardens, Hartlepool, received a transplant from his dad Brian in 1994 after being struck down with a rare bug which ravaged his kidneys.

It dramatically changed the quality of his life.

Only a few months afterwards he was undergoing strenuous training and in 1994 he won his first set of medals at the transplant games.

Anita, who lives in Seaton Carew, added: “It was excellent and gave him eight and a half years.

“He also wouldn’t have got his daughter Taylor-Marie if it wasn’t for the transplant.

“I want to make people aware of what they can do if they carry a donor card.

“I think you should have to opt out of carrying a card.

“It’s very stressful for the families because when their loved ones have died the doctors and nurses have to ask while they are still in shock.”

The charity night will feature performances by the Hartlepool Hawks cheerleaders, a Seaton Carew church choir plus raffle, disco and buffet.

Tickets priced £5 are available in advance from Anita or on the door.

Anyone who wants to donate raffle prizes or for tickets contact Anita on (01429) 296274.