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Rare cancer awareness with fun day

A community fun day that aimed to raise awareness about a rare disease wasn’t affected by the bad weather.

The event at Stour Green, Ely welcomed hundreds of families for the fun day and children’s fun run.

The community fun day was arranged by Ely couple Richard and Jackie Elsom along with their family and friends.

Father of three and grandfather of four Richard has terminal mesothelioma, a cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos.

The former carpenter who is 61 years old was diagnosed with the disease in March 2011 and was told that he only had between 12 and 18 months to live.

Since he was diagnosed he has been trying to live life to the fullest. Richard has been travelling abroad and having family parties and he has been supported by the Papworth Mesothelioma Support Group.

The fun day aimed to raise more than £1,700 for the support group and create more awareness about mesothelioma.

Richard’s 59 year old wife Jackie said: “Our whole family’s lives have been turned upside down by Richard’s diagnosis.

“He had a persistent cough, went to the doctor’s and was then sent straight to Addenbrooke’s, which is where he was diagnosed with mesothelioma. It’s been devastating but we’ve tried to have as much fun as possible and the support from our family and friends has been amazing.”

If you would like to make a donation to the support group then send a cheque made payable to the Papworth Mesothelioma Support Group to Jackie Elsom, 70 Stour Green, Ely CB6 2WX.

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