A CANCER sufferer at the centre of a ‘postcode lottery’ drugs dispute has told his story on national TV.
Retired miner Jimmy Chesters, 76, from Bickerton Drive, Summerhill, fears it could cost him £25,000 a year to receive the drugs he thinks could prolong his life.
The cancer drug he uses is only approved for funding for patients living in England, not Wales.
After Mr Chesters’ plight was revealed in the Leader, he was interviewed live on ITV’s Daybreak programme.
After his appearance he said: “The people there were brilliant. I had never been on television before, I was shaking like a leaf.
“I was only on for about three minutes and just answered the questions they were asking.
“I got to talk about the drugs I want. The people on there were saying it should be the same for everyone.”
Mr Chesters said he was shocked when a doctor at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham told him the drugs he thinks could save his life could cost £25,000 a year.
He fears the potential cost for the Sorafenib drug, also known as Nexavar, could apply each year for the remainder of his life.
Since April 2013 the national Cancer Drugs Fund has approved the use of Sorafenib. But funding only applies to patients living in England.
Originally diagnosed with cancerous tumours on the liver several years ago, Mr Chesters now needs treatment as the cancer has returned to the muscle of his bowel.
He has been given help towards covering the cost of the drugs thanks to fundraising taking place in the Gwersyllt community.
A fun day was held at the Workingmen’s Club to help fund Mr Chesters’ dream of affording the drugs.
Activities included a rodeo bull, a bouncy castle and entertainment from Wrexham band Vesper.
Organiser Karen Bishop, from the workingmen’s club, said: “It went well.
“So far we’ve raised about £1,300 for him.”
l The next fundraising night will take place on Friday, September 13 at 8pm at the workingmen’s club. For details call 01978 757508.