Former city mayor in wheel dash

Senior Citizens Walk for Life event for Cancer Research UK at Springhills sheltered housing, Outwood.'Ex mayor Joyce Beech who is resident there been pushed around the relay race by 99-year-old Stanley Cuer.
Senior Citizens Walk for Life event for Cancer Research UK at Springhills sheltered housing, Outwood.'Ex mayor Joyce Beech who is resident there been pushed around the relay race by 99-year-old Stanley Cuer.
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A FORMER Mayor of Wakefield proved you are never too old to get in the Olympic spirit.

Pensioner Joyce Beech was mayor in 1985-86 and took part in a mini relay this week to raise money for charity.

The 85-year-old was pushed around a course in her wheelchair by 99-year-old Stanley Cuer during the Senior Citizens Walk for Life event at Springhills Sheltered Housing in Outwood.

It was the first of many events to raise money for Breast Cancer Research UK.

The OAP dash will now head to the other 45 Wakefield and District Housing (WDH) schemes across the city.

Organiser Debra Kellett said: “It was a brilliant day and all the residents got in the spirit of things.

“It was their idea as they wanted to raise money for Cancer Research UK. We are hoping to raise at least £1,000 and money is still coming in.”

Residents were so keen to do their bit for charity that those who could not walk, used zimmer frames, supports or scooters to complete laps of the communal area.

The average age of participants was 80 and four people are currently battling cancer.

Steve Rawson, WDH’s executive director of operations, said: “We are always keen to support fantastic events like this, which help good causes close to the hearts of our tenants.”