Warm tributes to fundraiser

Luton businessman and fundraiser David Simons who has died of cancer
Luton businessman and fundraiser David Simons who has died of cancer

Heartfelt tributes have been pouring in for a Luton businessman who was instrumental in raising funding for the Luon & Dunstable Hospital’s Macmillan Cancer Unit.

David Simons, 83, who has died of cancer, was also a staunch supporter of Keech Hospice Care.

An L&D spokesperson said: “David went above and beyond throughout the Macmillan appeal, which raised £3.5 million.

“We would like to convey our sincerest thanks and appreciation for his hard work and amazing contribution which helped provide excellent cancer services for our patients and their families.”

A Keech spokesperson added: “David was a much valued member of our fundraising committee. He was always fully committed to everything he did for Keech and we will remember him as being a happy, delightful and friendly gentleman.”

Mr Simons, who left school at 14, joined Ellis & Goldstein (known as Eastex) as a machinist and worked his way up to managing director.

He married his wife Sheila in Luton in 1954 and they have two daughters, two grandchildren and a great grandson.

Daughters Beverley and Karen said: “He was such a strong, caring character. He was the greatest and the best.”