Tommy loses fight with cancer

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A BRAVE dad who raised thousands of pounds for two charities despite battling cancer has lost his fight for life.

Tommy Stokell passed away at the University Hospital of Hartlepool in the early hours yesterday.

His devastated family have described him as a “true fighter” who valiantly battled on until the end.

The Hartlepool Mail previously reported that Tommy, 55, from Blackhall, had organised a charity night to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support and the Great North Air Ambulance (GNAA) despite suffering from terminal cancer.

The event, at Tommy’s local, the Blackhall RAFA Club, in Middle Street, attracted around 90 people and managed to raise £2,714 to be split between the two causes.

He had also previously raised thousands of pounds for the GNAA by holding charity barbecues.

Today, his heartbroken wife Jane, 54, said: “He was really loving and such a family man and was also well-known around Blackhall.”

Jane thanked everyone who supported the event and added: “He would do anything for anyone and you only have to look at how much he has raised for charity to see what a lovely, thoughtful man he was.

“We are all just gutted.”

Tommy was told the devastating news he had terminal lung cancer just after Christmas last year and was given between three and six months to live.

He was dealt a further blow when tests revealed he also had two tumours in his brain.

But that did not stop the brave dad from putting on the charity night last month.

He was taken ill last week and had been at the hospital for almost two weeks.

Tommy also leaves behind his son from a previous marriage, Brian Stokell, 33, 12-year-old grandson Brandon Stokell, Jane’s daughter Claire Pickard, 31, and Claire’s step-daughter Megan Hills, nine.

Funeral arrangements are still to be arranged.