Charity event held after Eastbourne family man was diagnosed with terminal cancer

An event has been held to raise money for charity after a man from Eastbourne’s family was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

In May, Terry Saunders, who lives in the Old Town, was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a tumor that forms in the lungs due to inhaling asbestos fibres.

Since his diagnosis, Mr Saunders has received help from HASAG, an asbestos disease support charity.

Terry Saunders with wife Jennifer SUS-211214-115910001

Mr Saunders, 77, said: “HASAG has been more than helpful. They were absolutely helpful. They settle everything for you.

The father-of-two said he contacted HASAG after his diagnosis and a week later someone came to see him.

Mr Saunders, who has been described as a family man with a wicked sense of humour, said: ‘They are absolutely brilliant.

“They went through everything. She had all the forms with her.

Matthew Jones with his grandparents Jennifer and Terry Saunders SUS-211214-115850001

“She found each of these forms and all I had to do was sign them.

“We are very happy with all the help we have received.”

Thanks to the support his grandfather received, Matthew Jones and his fiancée Ellemay Francis decided to raise funds for HASAG with a Just Giving page and a bingo night.

Mr Jones said: ‘They were really helpful because once he was diagnosed we didn’t know we could claim for this form of cancer.

Terry Saunders SUS-211214-115835001

“They filled out all the forms for him to get financial support.

“From their point of view, they started the association because their father died of the same type of cancer – so they know what we are going through.”

Bingo Night will take place on Saturday 26th March 2022 and will run from 7pm to 9pm at St Mary’s Church Hall, Hampden Park, BN22 9PP.

Admission will cost £5 and tickets go on sale January 3.

Mark Jones with his mother and stepfather Jennifer and Terry Saunders SUS-211214-120121001

Mr Jones urged residents to share their event page on social media and donate to HASAG.

The couple wrote on their Just Giving page: ‘We understand that Christmas is very close, but if you could find the courage in your heart to give as little as a penny, it will go a long way and mean so much to those involved. .”

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