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Dedicated fundraiser dies while on holiday
A man who helped raise millions of pounds for good causes across Yorkshire has died aged 78.
Peter Marshall OBE spent more than 30 years as the driving force behind the Sir George Martin Trust, based in Addingham, raising and donating money to a host of schemes and projects across West and North Yorkshire and further afield.
Mr Marshall, of Netherwood House, Ilkley, raised more than £4 million through his work in the trust, which was founded by Sir George in 1956.
After his death in 1976, Mr Marshall took over the charity’s administration and also promoted new charitable trusts sponsored by the Sir George Martin Trust, which became The UK Charitable Trusts Initiative and raised more than £150 million for good causes.
Born in Leeds and educated at Clare College, Cambridge, Mr Marshall joined the family business of Wilkinson and Warburton, who were wholesalers based in Leeds, until 1956.
He then spent two years as managing director of Jeremiah Rotherham, based in London, before returning to the family company as merchandise director.
Until 1984, he spent the time expanding the company, and also stood for Parliament, in 1959 and 1964, as a Conservative candidate for the then constituency of Batley and Morley.
He was a non–executive director of Yorkshire Post Newspapers during the 1970s and 1980s, and a founder member of Pennine Radio in 1975.
His charity work began full-time in the mid-1980s, for which he was later to become an MBE and, after that, received the OBE.
Mr Marshall was trustee at the Wade Trust, the Craven Trust, the Leeds Building Society Charitable Foundation, the Pukar Foundation and the Leeds General Infirmary Special Trust, funding a new scanner.
Mr Marshall helped raise sums of between £150,000 and £1 million for Bolton Abbey Priory, Fountains Abbey, Bradford Grammar School, Harlow Carr Gardens and an Arts Educational School in Tring, Hertfordshire.
He was also High Sheriff of West Yorkshire in 1990.
He died suddenly on holiday in Norfolk last month.
Mr Marshall is survived by his wife Pamela, daughter Kate, son William and three grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at St Mary’s Priory, Bolton Abbey, at 11.30am on August 9.