Hartlepool dad given a year to live organises pub night to say ‘thanks’

From left, David Ward, Corinne Kingston from the Greenside and Brian Goodlad with their poster for the charity night.
From left, David Ward, Corinne Kingston from the Greenside and Brian Goodlad with their poster for the charity night.

A man given a year to live has revealed plans for a fundraising night - as a thank you to the people who have supported him.

David Ward, 47, who is battling cancer, has praised the backing of everyone from Macmillan nurses to the friend who has been a constant rock.

I want to give them all a pat on the back for what they have done

David Ward

The ‘thank you’ will continue at a charity night at the Greensides pub in Hartlepool tomorrow from 7pm.

“I want to give them all a pat on the back for what they have done,” said the former joint owner of a Hartlepool building company. Money will go to Macmillan with David hoping £1,500 to £2,000 will be raised.

Father-of-two David, of Seaton Lane in Hartlepool, said: “Macmillan has been excellent.

“People don’t realise how much they can help.”

Their assistance has included financial support and regular visits from Macmillan nurses for David who has oesophegal cancer which has spread to the liver and stomach.

He first noticed he was having problems with swallowing and eating in June this year and sought medical help.

Tests revealed the cancer but a CT scan showed how far it had spread. David’s diagnosis, given in August, was that he his cancer was terminal and he had a year to live.

But ever since, he has had enormous support and wants to show his appreciation.

That backing has also come from his friend Brian Goodlad who put together this weekend’s fundraiser.

David said: “He has organised the full night. He booked the acts and rang round to organise it. I have not had to do a thing.”

David also praised staff at the Greensides for putting on the event and said “they have contributed a lot.”

Since his diagnosis, he has brought his wedding forward and married his wife Virginia, 47. The couple have also booked tickets to fly to New York to see in the New Year.

But in the meantime, David wants the fundraising evening to be a massive success to show his appreciation for all the help he has been given.

Entry is £5 and the night will include entertainment as well as raffles.

Tickets are available from the Greensides. If any are still available on the night, they will be sold on the door.