Dying man aims to raise charity funds

Andy Walker
Andy Walker
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A man from Long Buckby who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer is organising a fancy dress ball to raise funds for charity.

Andy Walker, 52, was diagnosed in January with lung cancer which has spread to his abdomen and bowels.

He is now organising an event to be held on Saturday, December 7 at Long Buckby Football Club starting at 7.30pm.

Money raised at the event will be donated to both Macmillan and the Oncology Unit of Northampton General Hospital.

Mr Walker said: “It is a pretty thankless job being a nurse at a hospital and yet whenever I go in for treatment there is always a smile and some friendly service.

“It makes the world of difference having someone there.

“The staff at Macmillan have been absolutely brilliant in providing support for me and my family over the last few months.”

Mr Walker is currently undergoing palliative chemotherapy meaning he is being treated to relieve the pain. He has organised the event because he wanted to help.

Mr Walker said: “All of the staff have been so utterly fantastic and I really just wanted to give something back to them before I die.”

Among the attractions on the night will be a charity auction and a raffle. There will also be live music from four different bands.

The prizes include a football signed by players from Northampton Town, tickets to see Milton Keynes Dons and Northamptonshire Cricket Club. There is also a chance to win family tickets to Holdenby House.

Tickets for the event are £5 and they can be bought by calling Mr Walker on 07775 496725, from the football club or from Long Buckby News.

He is also looking for extra auction and raffle prizes for the event and anyone who can help is asked to get in touch with Mr Walker.