Thousands of pounds has been raised in memory of a popular DJ to pay so a celebration of his life can be held once lockdown has been eased further.
Stafford FM presenter Philip Wilmott had battled lymphocytic leukaemia, heart failure and kidney disease for a number of years.
The 64-year-old grandad died lost his fight for life on May 13 and a funeral was held at Stafford Crematorium last week.
A fundraising page was launched to support the 64-year-old former cabbie’s family with raised £3,380 towards an £8,000 target.
It was set up by dad-of-three Philip’s daughter-in-law Demi-Jade Virgo, who said: “While he’d been genuinely well enough to live a great life right up until the end, he sadly lost the battle but he was very comfortable at home surrounded by family and his beloved pets.
“Phil was well and truly loved by so many people in the Stafford community. He was a brilliant, hilarious, kind-hearted man who was still cracking out his jokes right up until the end.
“Many would of known Phil from his iconic Roadrunner discos, a DJ on Stafford FM, a taxi driver who drove the much-loved party bus, community link transport driver, and most recently even in his medical condition his last job, where he absolutely loved working as a domestic assistant at Erwin Hymer Travelworld Motorhomes.
“Phil truly touched the hearts of many with his great personality and his love for Motown and Northern Soul.
“The purpose of this GoFundMe is to help maintain the loving memory that Phil deserves and help raise support for the funeral costs, support for getting Phil’s estate in order, support for his beloved wife and to also raise money for a wake once the COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted, as unfortunately due to his on going medical condition over the last decade, he was unable to have any form of life insurance and has no pension/state pension.
“Once the Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted we will share additional information regarding a wake to celebrate the life of Phil.”
will take place today at 1pm but is reserved for immediate family due to coronavirus.
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