A CANCER sufferer has thanked fundraisers helping cover the expense of vital treatment.
Retired miner Jimmy Chesters of Summerhill, Gwersyllt, fears it could cost up to £25,000 a year to access his cancer drugs.
Mr Chesters, 76, says he’s a victim of a ‘postcode lottery’,as the drug sorafenib (also known as Nexavar) is only approved by the Cancer Drugs Fund for patients living in England and not Wales.
As he waits anxiously for positive developments, Mr Chesters has received a welcome tonic thanks to the fundraising endeavours in the Gwersyllt community.
More than £2,000 has so far been raised, with the latest event being a night of musical entertainment at Gwersyllt Working Men’s Club which raised £185.
“I’m extremely grateful for the fundraising,” he said. “I didn’t think there were so many good people in the world. These people are doing everything they can.”
Other fundrasing days have been held to support Mr Chesters and Gwersyllt residents have pledged to sell treasured items including a keyring collection to help swell the total raised for him.
Planned events to support him include bagpacking and a sponsored climb up Snowdon next month.
Mr Chesters attends Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.
Originally diagnosed with tumours on the liver several years ago, Mr Chesters now needs treatment as cancer has returned to the muscle of his bowel.
He’s due to see medics in Birmingham next week, when he may get more information on the future situation.
Since his plight was revealed in the Leader in July, Mr Chesters has received widespread publicity and was a guest on ITV’s Daybreak programme.