By Connie Osborne Thursday 03 October 2013 Updated: 04/10 10:50
FRIENDS of an Alcester man who lost his battle against cancer earlier this year are carrying on his legacy by raising money for other patients.
Adrian Ashby, who was diagnosed with carcinoid cancer in 2006, passed away at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital on August 6 after months of fighting for life-extending treatment to be funded by the NHS.
The 50-year-old was originally refused the £50,000 radionucleotide therapy and was told he would have to fund the care himself.
But after town residents and those living in the area heard about Adrian’s story, they called for the decision to be reversed while hosting a variety of fund-raising events raising £30,000 to help him.
Mr Ashby was eventually told the NHS would pay for the treatment but despite starting to receive the care it was too late for the father of three who left behind his wife Debbie and sons Phil, Dave and Matt.
Before his death Adrian requested the money raised would be split between cancer charities and earlier this month, chair of the Adrian Ashby League of Friends, Pete Witchard, presented a cheque of £10,000 to consultant hepatologist Tahir Shah, who treated Adrian at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and fought for him to receive the treatment he needed.
Mr Shah said: “I’d like to say a big thank you to the Adrian Ashby League of Friends. The money will make a big difference to neuroendocrine patients at the QE. We hope to use it to improve radiotherapy services.”
Now the group has pledged to carry on fund-raising in Adrian’s name and has already organised a charity football match on Boxing Day at Alcester Football Club where Adrian used to run the line.
Pete, who worked alongside his dad at Alcester Carpets and Curtains for 15 years, said: “He was a really bubbly, nice person and that’s reflected in how much money we raised.”
“He couldn’t believe how people got behind him. It really gave him a boost. He came to every fund-raising event and it gave him the strength and motivation to keep going.
“It’s when push comes to shove that you realise how much people want to do things for you. He wanted to show that his life did count and was worth fighting for.”
Visit www.adrianashby.org.uk for more information about the League of Friends or to help fund-raise.
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