Soldier raises £2,000 for cancer charity after ‘all clear’

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A Burnley soldier given the all clear following a shock cancer diagnosis threw a party to raise money for charity.

Signaller Chris Weekes (25) partied at The Mix in Burnley and raised £2,000 for Rosemere Cancer Foundation.

Fiancée Jenny Hardacre, parents Patrick and Pat Weekes, sister Rebecca and nephew Isaac, had supported him throughout his treatment for testicular cancer, diagnosed after Chris discovered a lump on one of his testicles.

Chris underwent surgery followed by chemotherapy at Rosemere Cancer Centre, Preston, having been sent home to Burnley to recover.

Now back with the Royal Corps of Signals, Chris won the praise of senior officers for speaking out about his cancer in a bid to encourage other young men, who may find a suspicious lump, to have it checked given that testicular cancer is the most common cause of cancer in younger men.

Pat said: “It was devastating when Chris was diagnosed so being able to throw this party was huge for us as a family. Chris will be closely monitored for the next five years but he has handled everything so well.”

Included in Chris’ donation was £386 collected at Ighten Leigh Social Club, Burnley.

For further information visit www.rosemere.org.uk.