Ben Ashworth made a ‘Friend of the City’ of Preston

Posted on - 3rd July, 2017 - 1:49pm | Author - | Posted in - Broadgate, Preston Council, Preston News
Ben Ashworth and his wife Louise
Ben Ashworth and his wife Louise

In the last 24-hours of his life an inspirational Prestonian received special recognition from the city.


A special honour of Friend of the City was bestowed upon Ben Ashworth.

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He passed away aged 38 on Sunday (2 July) at his family home in Broadgate – surrounded by friends and family.

Ben was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2012 and ran dozens of marathons during his five-year cancer battle, raising thousands of pounds for cancer charities.

Ben received the certificate and his reaction was ‘Wow, just wow’.

The certificate presented to Ben Ashworth by the city council
The certificate presented to Ben Ashworth by the city council

In a letter accompany the certificate from the Mayor of Preston councillor Brian Rollo it states: “You are an inspiration to the people of Preston and you epitomise the very best of our city. On a personal level, I am very proud you are a Prestonian.”

Read more: ‘A man of positivity’ – tributes pour in for Ben Ashworth

Mayor Rollo also said: “Seeing the amount of money raised for Ben’s chosen charities is phenomenal and a credit to Ben, his family, and all their efforts.

“This recognition is so very well deserved and I couldn’t think of anyone else who would be top of the list. Ben will be sadly missed by all who knew him.”

A campaign has been launched following Ben’s death calling on the city council to name a section of the Guild Wheel route after Ben – a route he often ran and trained on.

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