THE Batley Bulldogs club and fans have been mourning the loss of Beverley Nicholas, wife of their long-serving chairman Kevin, after a long and brave battle against cancer.
Beverley died on the Sunday morning before the Bulldogs’ home win over Challenge Cup semi-finalists Halifax, almost two weeks ago, on what would have been the couple’s 24th wedding anniversary.
Prior to last Sunday’s 1895 Cup game against Rochdale the club observed both a silence and applause in a mark of respect in relation to her passing.
Kevin Nicholas has been chairman of the Bulldogs since November 1997, a period of more than 21 years which makes him the longest serving chairman in the semi-professional game.
During that period Beverley has always been a prominent figure in and around the club, most notably known for her organisation of the Bulldogs’ Pink Weekend held each year to raise monies for Breast Cancer Charities.
In the last five years she has helped the club raise a staggering £71,000 – and this year everyone is rallying round to try to increase that figure to an unbelievable £100,000.
The work won’t stop this year however, as Kevin and Beverley’s daughter Alexandra, aged 22 and another familiar and popular face at Mount Pleasant, is taking over from where her mum left off. Her charity work apart, she was a constant presence in and around the club where she also would often be seen working behind one of the main bars on match days.
Her funeral will be held at St Mary’s RC Church in Batley on Monday (June 10th) at 10.45am and afterwards at the Bulldogs club.
No flowers are requested by the family who are instead seeking donations to the Pink Weekend fundraiser, to help them achieve their phenomenal target for breast cancer charities.
Her passing will leave a massive void at the Championship club and also in the Nicholas family as her ever smiling demeanour was known to all who visited the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium.