Tributes paid to cancer fundraiser

Paul Moore, 50, has beaten cancer five times.
Paul Moore, 50, has beaten cancer five times.

TRIBUTES have been paid to “inspirational” fundraiser Paul Moore who lost his battle with cancer last month.

The Castleford mechanic – who fought three types of cancer over 30 years – died at his Stanley Street home on July 25 with his partner, Kath Bastow, and family by his side.

His brother, Darren, 46, who runs The Eagle pub on Methley Road, Castleford, said even in his brother’s final days, he “clung” to life for the sake of his family.

He said: “Paul was amazing, he put up with cancer for more than 30 years. He was such a caring person, even in his darkest hours.

“We we really close and once when I was with him in the hospital, I said to him ‘you’re going to have to let go’ and he said ‘I can’t leave you lot’.

“That about sums him up. We all said in the last three weeks of his life that he was clinging on for us.”

Paul, who would have celebrated his 51st birthday yesterday, fought testicular and stomach cancer in his teens and 20s.

He underwent surgery last May to reconstruct his jaw – leaving him with speech difficulties – after he was diagnosed with head and neck cancer and despite his illness, helped at the pub where Darren said all the punters “loved him”.

He said: “He was always joking and helping everybody, even during his illness. He was so easy to get on with. He had something about him, people that didn’t even know him just loved him.”

As reported in the Express earlier this year, the brothers raised more than £1,000 for Macmillan Cancer Care and the Face the Future Trust Fund by holding fundraisering events at the pub.

Darren said Paul wanted to raise awareness of the disease and “give something back” to those who had supported him through his treatment.

Last month Paul’s health deteriorated and he was admitted to Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield where he was given just days to live.

Darren said: “They sent for us twice to say we had better get the family in to say goodbye but he just keep going on and on.

“What he wanted to do was come home, his wish was to spend his last days with family and his two dogs, Dee and Furball. He spent three weeks at home then he lost his fight, he just slipped away.”

Julie Hoole, lead Macmillan head and neck specialist who looked after Paul, said he was an inspiration to other patients.

She added: “He always kept going and looking to the future, fighting every battle with determination and courage. He was a huge inspiration and even at the end of his life, his strength of character shone through.

“It was a privilege to be part of his and Kath’s life and it’s important that his family knows he touched more people then they will ever know.”