A MAN who has battled three types of cancer over 30 years has raised £1,000 for charities which have supported him during his treatment.
Paul Moore, 50 – who battled through head and neck cancer after fighting testicular and stomach cancer in his teens and 20s – raised the cash through a race night, raffle and auction held at the Castleford pub run by his brother Darren.
Paul – who has been left with speech difficulties after treatment to reconstruct his jaw last year – has donated the money to Macmillan Cancer Support and the Face The Future Trust Fund.
The Express reported on Paul’s determined efforts to help the charities earlier this year.
Darren, 46, landlord at The Eagle pub on Methley Road, said: “It was an absolutely brilliant night, we had so many people turn up who had seen the article in the paper, including family members who we had not seen for years. We would love to be able to run more events like this in the future to raise for these two great charities.
“Julie Hoole who works for Macmillan came to collect the funds with surgeon David Mitchell who carried out the surgery on Paul’s jaw last May, and they were both delighted with the amount.
“Paul was absolutely blown away, he was tearful with joy.
“We also decided to use some of the money raised to send Paul and his partner Kathleen on a surprise holiday and they went to Withernsea for a long weekend so they could take their two dogs with them.”
As well as raising cash, Paul hopes to raise awareness of head and neck cancer.
He used to smoke 100 cigarettes and drink 12 cans of lager a day – raising his chance of getting the disease by 30 per cent – and waited to get treatment for “some time” after first spotting an abscess in his mouth.
Julie Hoole, lead Macmillan head and neck specialist, said: “Head and neck cancer is very curable but the later the diagnosis the greater impact it will have on a patient’s quality of life.
“Paul had an abscess for some time before he got it looked at.
“We’d say to people that if they’ve had an abscess for more than three weeks, they should get it checked by a GP or a dentist. That’s not to say that it’s cancer, but they should get it looked at.”