Tommy Stott | 24 February 1950 - 2 September 2017
Tommy Stott died on Saturday, 2 September 2017 at the age of 67. This grandfather of five became a well known figure around Manchester as he bravely battled terminal cancer. He dedicated his life to bringing a smile to people's faces and to raising as much money as possible for charity.
Tommy was married to Yvonne for 44 years. He also leaves a daughter, Dawn, and two sons Jonathan and William, and grandchildren Amy, Eva, Phoebe, Annabelle and Esmea. A sixth grandchild, Sophia, will soon be born.
After a crowded, emotional and at time humorous service at Altrincham Crematorium, family and friends were invited to a lovely wake at Bowden Rugby Club. At the wake Loose Change Buskers were invited to play and before they began John McMorrow delivered the following heart-felt eulogy from all of us:
"I have been asked to say a few words on behalf of our band Loose Change in memory of our dear friend Tommy Stott, and to add our few words of praise and say just how much he meant to us.
In the last few years Tommy became a big part of Loose Change Buskers; and come rain, sun or snow there would be Tommy doing the most important job, of gently cajoling passers-by to make a donation into his collection bucket whilst we played some music. Tommy had the talent and personality to tickle people's generosity into giving.
One example of this springs to mind - when we were busking in Hale last year – the band playing on the corner outside Costa coffee whilst on the opposite side of the road outside Nat west Bank was Tommy with his collecting bucket asking people to spare some loose change for Cancer Research. One man who Tommy asked if he could spare some loose change for Cancer Research said he had no change but Tommy with his inimitable guile pointed to the Nat West bank and said 'but there's a cash machine here' the man duly went to the cash machine and took out some money and put £20 in Tommy's bucket - Tommy smiled and thanked him. Busking is the easy part of our fundraising efforts – the public sometimes need a gentle nudge to make a donation and it is true to say that without people like Tommy's collecting efforts in the last few years our fundraising results would be a lot less.
I also wanted to share with you an insight into where all this money ends up so that you might understand the importance of what Tommy had achieved from his efforts. The Patterson Institute is a research centre attached to Christies Hospital in Manchester and is responsible for some amazing breakthrough treatments of the various types of cancer. All of their ongoing research is entirely funded by Cancer Research UK donations – they do not receive any government funding.
Loose Change Buskers were invited to visit the Patterson Institute last year which was a memorable experience in the company of wonderful shiny young people engaged in such worthwhile work; and during our visit, the head of chemistry, described their achievements and scientific breakthroughs and how they use the funds collected by the likes of Loose Change.
When thanking us for our fundraising he quoted Isaac Newton who back in the 18th century , when asked how he had achieved such great scientific achievements replied that he stood on the shoulders of giants, thereby paying tribute to the unsung works of those without which his achievements would have been impossible. Tommy was one such giant. You only need to know this about Tommy to love and admire him; that when faced with his diagnosis, not only did he put up a valiant fight against his own cancer but also thought about how he could help others diagnosed with this condition, and importantly how in the future he could help others avoid this plight altogether by raising money to help cure cancer.
It has been humbling to witness Tommy's drive and tremendous fundraising efforts which raised so much money at such huge personal cost. Mother Theresa once said that to give only of your surplus was not really giving at all; and that's as maybe; certainly Tommy was not just giving of his surplus; but importantly he also realised that no matter whether it was given from peoples surplus – every little helps.
To react to the horrific diagnosis that Tommy received by vowing to fight cancer through his Fundraising surely marks him out as a higher order of human being. This selflessness which Tommy epitomised is the glue that keeps communities and society together.
As for his legacy; well his fundraising for, and creating awareness of the fight against cancer will carry on having important benefits that will continue to enable researchers to create better outcomes for cancer sufferers now and in the future; for this we pay tribute to and admire and respect our dear friend Tommy Stott."
In the media:
- Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson spoke to an ill Timperley fundraiser just before he died ..... Read more here »
- Former City and United chef who had FIVE tumours says he owes his life to cancer research charities ..... Read more here »
- Tommy's moving tale of life with terminal cancer broadcast on Channel 4's Stand Up To Cancer Special ..... Read more here »
- Resilient Tommy steps up his fight against cancer with fundraising Irish Ceilidh ..... Read more here »
- Everton FC chef honoured after Stand Up To Cancer video ..... Read more here »
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