ONE Portsmouth man hasn’t let leukaemia stand in the way of raising money to help fellow cancer sufferers.
Paul Wingate, who was diagnosed with leukaemia this year, is organising a Concert for Cancer to benefit others.
The evening will include live music and comedians and take place at the Groundlings Theatre in Portsea on Saturday from 5pm.
Paul said profits would go towards the charities Delete Blood Cancer and the Teenage Cancer Trust. He said: ‘It’s an absolute privilege to be able to be here and put together what is going to be such an amazing concert for cancer in aid of two amazing cancer charities.
‘I know how much we need to find cures for this horrible disease and that people can help by registering as a potential blood stem cell donor to see if they could be a match for someone in need of a blood stem cell donation to save their life.’
Paul said his treatment had been made easier thanks to staff at the North Hampshire Hospital in Basingstoke.
He said: ‘I am still here thanks to their amazing work.’
Paul said the concert was the latest event in a series of charity fundraisers he had organised because of his battle with cancer.
He said: ‘While in isolation for three weeks and during some very dark days, I decided that I was not going to just lay there and stew in my own pity, that I was going to turn this around and find ways to help others.
‘So far, I have helped Help For Heroes, the Royal British Legion and CLIC Sargent.’
Delete Blood Cancer spokeswoman Deirdra Taylor thanked Paul for organising the concert.
Ms Taylor said: ‘It is incredible that, despite being treated for leukaemia, Paul is thinking of others with cancer and has organised this fantastic event.
‘Not only will it raise valuable funds for the charity, it will raise awareness of the importance of registering as a potential blood stem cell donor.’
Tickets are £20 and £18 for seniors, which includes a meal. Call (023) 9273 7370 or visit groundlings.co.uk for more.