Raising funds in memory of Billy

Billy Steele Memorial committee hand over �3,500 to Meningitis Association Scotland at the Imperial Function Suite, Bellshill

Billy Steele Memorial committee hand over �3,500 to Meningitis Association Scotland at the Imperial Function Suite, Bellshill

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Relative of a Bellshill man who died of meningitis two years ago have handed over £3,500 to a charity for sufferers of the condition.

When Billy Steele died in January 2012 at the age of 54 after contracting meningitis, his family decided they wanted to do something by way of remembering him and organised various events to raise money for charity.

These included a memorial parade - Billy was a member of various bands, including Mossend True Blues and Bothwellhaugh Thistle - and a football tournament at the Keir Hardie Sports Centre in Holytown.

The events were so successful that they have become annual events and the Billy Steele Memorial Committee handed over their latest contribution at their recent presentation night in the Imperial Function Suite Bellshill.

The committee handed over £3500 to Meningitis Association Scotland.

The total was raised with events held over the past year, including a football tournament and a parade through Bellshill which included Bellshill Protestant Boys Flute Band along with many more flute bands from Central Scotland.

The Imperial Flute Band Bellshill also held held a cultural day which raised an amazing £1550 which was added to the total.

At the presentation night representatives from Meningitis Association Scotland were in attendance, accompanied by members of the Clarke family from East Kilbride.

The family are trying to raise £8000 for a swing for their son Jamie who had meningitis as a child and now suffers every day. It is hoped that some of the money raised will go some of the way to help the family reach the target.

The Billy Steele Memorial Committee would like to thank everyone who supported them at all their functions as well as the Steele family who allow them annually to arrange the functions.