Cancer battle dad’s charity party

LOVED ONES: James, centre, with cousinsLaura Wilson and Holly Maple, left, and girlfriend Claire Lenanghan, right.
LOVED ONES: James, centre, with cousinsLaura Wilson and Holly Maple, left, and girlfriend Claire Lenanghan, right.
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A YOUNG father is set to start a gruelling six month course of chemotherapy – but is hoping to raise £10,000 first for the cancer centre that is treating him.

James Walton, known as Wally, is fighting bowel cancer which has spread to his stomach.

He will start a six month course of chemotherapy on Monday at the Yorkshire Cancer Centre at St James’ Hospital in Leeds – but before his treatment starts he is hosting a party tonight at Audio nightclub in Bradford Road, Batley, which he hopes will raise £10,000 for the cancer centre.

He said: “The chemotherapy is something that has to be done. It is a little nerve-wracking but you don’t know how it will affect you until you go through it.

“I am hoping it doesn’t knock me back too much and take all my energy. I hope I can still do things with my family.”

James, from Liversedge, discovered he had bowel cancer in 2010 and had an operation to remove a tumour.

But last week he received the devastating news it had spread.

He will now under go four days of chemotherapy every month for six months.

He wanted to organise the party so he could enjoy himself with friends and family before his treatment started, while raising money at the same time.

He said: “I used to work as a door supervisor so I thought it would be a good idea to put on a club night. From having the idea it’s taken us less than a week to organise it and get everything into place.

“I am looking forward to it – it’s going to be good to have a good night before I get to the point where I can’t meet up with my friends, and raise a good amount of money for charity.”

He thanked his cousins Zoe, Josh and Becky Wilson and Holly Maple and his sister Jenny Senior who have organised tonight’s event. Search Wally’s Fundraising Shindig on Facebook.

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