Cancer victim dad’s £700 boost for charity Bobby’s Beatson Bash was thanks for staff who cared for him
A Paisley dad battling terminal cancer has hailed generous party-goers after his rocking fundraiser collected hundreds of pounds for charity.
Bobby Mi l roy, 59, was diagnosed with aggressive bowel cancer last March and wanted to raise cash for caring Beatson staff who have helped look after him.
The night dubbed Bobby’s Beatson Bash, saw Paisley bands Freespeech and Clyde take to the stage at 42 New Street as family and friends collected £700 for the much-loved Beatson Glasgow Cancer Charity.
“I was diagnosed with bowel cancer back in March last year and the staff at Beatson looked after me so well.
“They were so caring and thoughtful, I felt I wanted to do something. That’s when the idea for the charity night came about,” explained Bobby.
Family and friends quickly got on board to help make the idea a reality.
Bobby, a born- and- bred Buddie, says the backing he has received has been amazing.
He added: “My daughter Jenna and her colleagues at Turning Point were fantastic.
“B e at rice Monagha n , Alexandria Gillespie and Kerry Baird collected raffle prizes, sold tickets and made sure the night went well.
“Jenna played an acoustic set with Keiran Hepburn and my friends in Freespeech and Clyde were brilliant. I was so pleased they agreed to play.
Former care worker Bobby and partner Susan, wanted to thank everyone who made the nights such a huge success.
He went on: “I want to thank 42 New Street for giving the venue free of charge and all the businesses that gave raffle prizes on the night.
“It is so wonderful when people get together for something so worthwhile and show how much they care.
“Maybe we could make it an annual event.”
“Cancer affects so many people. I’m having chemotherapy to manage my illness at the moment. The staff at the Beatson have been fantastic with me so that is where I wanted the money to go.”
A recent survey found that almost a third of people in Scotland only named one of the five most common bowel cancer symptoms and nearly a third of people were not aware of any symptoms at all. Bowel cancer is treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early.
Almost everyone diagnosed at the earliest stage will survive bowel cancer but this drops significantly as the disease develops.
Medics say early diagnosis save lives, but only around 15 per cent of people are diagnosed at the earliest stage of the disease.
Some of the symptoms to be aware of are spotting blood in your stool, change of bowel habit, pain or lump in your tummy, extreme weight loss and unexplained tiredness/fatigue.