Tribute to a sailor and fund-raiser

Roy Twelves
Roy Twelves

A PONTELAND man who received royal recognition for four decades of voluntary work has died just days short of his 80th birthday.

Roy Twelves, President of Sunderland Yacht Club (SYC), sadly passed away on Saturday.

He was an active and highly-respected member of SYC for 42 years – racing his boat Carmen Maria competitively until the age of 78 and always striving to promote sailing as a sport which is accessible to everyone.

His unfailing dedication to both the sport and his club earned him recognition from the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and in 2010 he was presented with a Lifetime Commitment Award, one of the highest RYA awards given to volunteers, by The Princess Royal at a ceremony in London.

A former competitive cyclist, Roy was always looking for new challenges and in May last year he abseiled off the 85ft-high roof of the Malmaison Hotel on the Newcastle Quayside to raise awareness and funds for the Northern Oesophago Gastric Cancer Fund at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

He will also be well remembered in the Ponteland community for his many charitable works since moving to the area from Sheffield in 1966.

Roy was first and foremost a proud and dedicated family man, beloved husband of Brenda, father of Debbie and Nigel and grandfather of Katherine, Charlotte, Jessica and Hugh.

He was a gentleman of the highest integrity and an inspiration to many.

The funeral will be held at St Mary’s Church, Ponteland, on Wednesday from noon.

The family have requested that if anyone would like to make a donation to the Northern Oesophago Gastric Cancer Fund in lieu of flowers, it would be much appreciated.