Cancer charity boosted by efforts of battling South Shields grandfather

A grandfather diagnosed with an incurable cancer is defying the disease by fundraising to raise cash for research.

Friday, 20th April 2018, 6:00 am

South Shields man Anthony Smith is refusing to let his illness destroy his zest for life and has so far - with the help of friends and family - raised £15,000 to combat cancer.

Mr Smith was given the news he had inoperable pancreatic cancer last May - and was predicted to only have two to four months to live.

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But the 54-year-old refused to let his bleak prognosis destroy the life he had left and set about fundraising in aid of Pancreatic Cancer Action.

Last year, the grandfather from South Shields walked 10,000 steps a day throughout June for the charity.

His is latest venture, an afternoon tea party, has raised another £1,504 - helping him to smash the £15,000 milestone.

The event was held at Primrose Community Centre, South Shields, and was organised by his wife Hazel and her friend Julia Mason.

It was attended by more than 120 people.

Anthony hasn’t had any chemotherapy treatment - just pain relief - following his diagnosis.

His efforts have been praised by the charity which aims to fund research into early diagnosis so that surgery - currently the only cure - is made available.

Ali Stunt, Founder of Pancreatic Cancer Action, said: “Anthony is so inspiring to us all at the charity. He has been a selfless, continued supporter even though he is currently fighting pancreatic cancer.”

“Anthony and his family are incredible supporters and we are honoured that they are helping to raise vital funds and awareness of the disease. Thank you.”

Anthony, who works as a specifications manager for a construction firm, said: “I am overwhelmed by the amount of people who attended, and I am so proud of my wife Hazel in her efforts of organising the event, with the help of Julia.

“They both worked really hard in getting the event off the ground, and then with the help of others, making it happen during the day.”

Pancreatic cancer is the UK’s 5th biggest cancer killer.

The survival rate is just 5% which is the lowest of any cancer.

Cakes for the tea party were donated from the Cake Garden along with bread products from Warburtons, pastries from Christine Fearon, scones from Brenda, Plates and tea sets from Barbara Watson, the use of the hall at the community centre was also donated.

If you would like to donate to Anthony you can here www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Anthony-Smith63