Can­cer vic­tim dad’s £700 boost for char­ity Bobby’s Beat­son Bash was thanks for staff who cared for him

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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.

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