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Cancer support services in the Mid West have been given a boost following a generous bequest of almost $120 000 to us by well-loved Geraldton man, Roy Nivison, who passed away last year.

Ross Thompson, a close friend and neighbour of Mr Nivison, has described him as a generous and caring man who was well known to the area.

“Roy and I met back in 2005 when he moved into the neighbourhood,” Mr Thompson said.

“He was a great friend who loved the company of others and telling a joke.

“He used to sit on his front veranda and knit beanies, socks and scarves that he would then donate.”

Mr Thompson said Roy had lived a full life before he sadly passed away just before Christmas in 2021 aged 87.

“Roy was a jack of all trades,” he said.

“He worked as a cook and on cattle stations up north, as well as on gold mines as a plant operator.

“He was a great badminton player throughout his 20s, was a part of the local bowling club and loved animals, particularly dogs.

“His donation is such a fitting way to honour his legacy; having throat cancer he wanted to help others living with cancer in the Mid West.”

Our Philanthropy Manager, Simmone Sharp, said Cancer Council WA is extremely grateful to Mr Nivison for his generous donation.

“Cancer Council WA and all of the staff in the Mid West region are so grateful to Mr Nivison,” Ms Sharp said.

“One of our goals is to make life easier for cancer patients and their families and this gift will help to assist those in the Mid West community.

“If it weren’t for the generosity of individuals like Mr Nivison, we wouldn’t be able to continue to do what we do, which is to lessen the impact of those affected by cancer.”

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