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Cancer dad’s boys dress in drag to help tackle disease
WHEN their dad was diagnosed with cancer these three brothers felt utterly helpless.
But by donning these pretty costumes and running 5km they managed to raise £1,500 to fund future research into the disease.
Paul Hilliam, 51, from Grove, was diagnosed with neck cancer in March this year, and within weeks was in the Churchill Hospital in Oxford having two major operations.
He then embarked on a six-week course of radiotherapy and chemotherapy at the hospital.
His surgeon had done everything he could and now it was up to science to mop up the residual cancer cells within his body.
His twins Doug and James, 24, and their brother Ben, 23, felt powerless to help their dad, but decided to do something positive.
The three former King Alfred’s pupils raised funds for Cancer Research UK by running the 5km Boys Beating Cancer Run in Newbury on Sunday, August 4.
James, who promoted their fundraising drive online, said: “We felt so utterly helpless when our dad was diagnosed back in March, we ran to do our bit and to support everyone whose life has been affected some way by cancer.
“It was a challenging course but we were lucky the weather was considerably cooler on the Sunday than it had been previously, which made it easier for us.”
Mr Hilliam’s colleagues at Dobbies Garden Centre, in Cirencester, donated £1,000 to the boys, half of which went specifically to the head and neck unit at the hospital.
The boys’ mum, Emma Hilliam, said: “James set up their web page and the donations started to flood in.
“All their work colleagues, friends and my husband’s work colleagues absolutely blitzed the website with donations and it’s now near the £1,500 mark, utterly amazing.
“Cancer is a silent killer, and so many wonderful people in public and private life are affected by it.
“People’s overwhelming generosity in such austere times is mindblowing.”
The donation site is open until the end of August. Visit uk.virginmoney giving.com/jameshilliam
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