Great North Dog Walk organiser hopes to get cancer all-clear two days before wedding

Tony Carlisle is hoping for good  health news ahead of his wedding next Saturday.
Tony Carlisle is hoping for good health news ahead of his wedding next Saturday.

Great North Dog Walk boss Tony Carlisle is hoping to walk down the aisle in better health when he ties the knot next week.

The charity champion is looking forward to a wedding day he thought he would ‘never see’ with long-term partner Nicola Greenan.

It is a day I thought i would never see

Tony Carlisle

The pair, who have been together for a decade, will exchange vows at South Shields Town Hall on Saturday, August 13.

But the 57-year-old has another vital date etched in his diary – as he will find out the results of a cancer biopsy just two days before his big day.

The former Harton Technology College PE teacher had eight lesions removed from around his neck and under his armpits and had cancerous tissue taken from his right wrist, requiring six stitches, when he went under the knife at South Tyneside Hospital last Friday.

He will have the stitches removed and find out the results of the surgery at South Tyneside Hospital on Thursday.

Mr Carlisle said: “I am very much looking forward to the wedding.

“After the health problems I have had, it is a day I thought I would never see.

“I will get the results of the biopsy on August 13 – just two days before the wedding.

“I always remain positive - I know there are people in worse positions out there.

“It just shows the importance with skin cancer of being safe in the sun and being covered up. I was part of the Cancer research UK Relay for Life event this year and it will be a chosen charity for the walk next year.”

The bride and groom-to-be will be supported at their wedding by their children, Summer, seven, four-year-old Toni and 17-month-old Taylor-Skye.