Bik­ers’ salute to ill sol­dier

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - HERALD & POST -

A TOWN came to a stand­still to salute a ter­mi­nally ill sol­dier.

A con­voy of bik­ers and truck­ers made their way to the Don Bar, Stock­ton’s war me­mo­rial pub, on Satur­day.

The event was held to raise money for the young fam­ily of Billing­ham dad Phil Cox, who was told he could have just months to live af­ter his can­cer spread.

Don Bar land­lady Julie Cooper said she was moved by the scenes she said shut down Sil­ver Street.

“I’ve never seen any­thing like it,” said Julie.

“You couldn’t get down the street, it was that manic, and the gen­eros­ity of the bik­ers and ev­ery­one who has given some­thing for Phil has been out of this world.”

A raf­fle was be­ing held on Satur­day night to raise some of the £110,000 sup­port­ers want to make sure Phil’s fam­ily don’t have to sell their home.

“I don’t know how much money we’ve raised but it is a lot,” added Julie.

“I’ve seen peo­ple com­ing over and just throw­ing £40 in, and for the raf­fle peo­ple have come in and do­nated iPads while a taxi com­pany gave us a brand new 55 inch TV.

“It is like a fam­ily the Army and, like a fam­ily, once some­one be­comes sick ev­ery­one gets on board to help out no ques­tions asked.”

Around 150 bikes are thought to have taken part in the con­voy, with or­gan­is­ers telling Julie they plan on mak­ing it an an­nual fundrais­ing tra­di­tion for var­i­ous good causes.

Phil has spent more than 16 months bat­tling ag­gres­sive tu­mours which are rapidly grow­ing through­out his body.

He re­ceived the dev­as­tat­ing di­ag­no­sis of lep­tomeningeal dis­ease - an in­cur­able com­pli­ca­tion of can­cer which spreads to the brain and spinal cord.

The 36-year-old, who lives in Billing­ham with his wife Kerri, 41, their son Joe, four, and Phil’s step-daugh­ter Keira, 10, has been told he could have less than a year - or as lit­tle as a few months - left to live.

One of the ve­hi­cles

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