FRIENDS and family of a Binley Woods business man have donated more than £10,000 to Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice after he passed away in July.
Barry Johnson, who was managing director of refurb contract company BI Johnson Contractors Ltd, was a long standing supporter of the charity.
Barry’s two sons – Lee and Kirk – said their father led life to the full and supporting others was always something close to his heart.
They added: “Over the years he raised funds for many good causes by running marathons and cycling events particularly.
“Dad visited Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice and was really taken by their work and wanted to help.”
The 66-year-old took part in a sponsored 100 mile bike ride and continued to support the hospice through his work with the mason’s.
After losing his battle with cancer, Barry’s family asked for donations in his memory to support the work of the hospice.
More than 300 people attended his funeral and the family were overwhelmed with the response to the fundraising plea.
Kirk said: “The family visited the hospice and we witnessed the wonderful care given by the nurses.
“Offering one-to-one nursing care for babies and infants with complex conditions and providing respite for families from across the Midlands every day is great, but it is also costly and we were delighted to see how the money is spent.”
Lee added: “We were so amazed with the total of fundraising from friends and family that we have decided to match the donations with £5000 from the company.”
Mick McCann, fundraising manager at Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice, said: “I got to know Barry quite well from his visits to the hospice.
“He was always full of laughter and showed great determination to help us right up to his passing.
“It is so kind that his friends and family have been so generous.
“Over 400 hours of nursing care will be devoted to the children in his memory.”