Prestatyn father's race for cancer diagnosis


Matt Jones

A FATHER of six is facing a race against time to get a full cancer diagnosis so he can start treatment.

Brian Sweetman, of Church Walks, Prestatyn was told he had the disease in his liver six weeks ago and has been given months to live.

Now family and friends have launched a massive fundraising drive to raise £30,000 to help pay for private treatment to help diagnose the primary source of the disease so he can start chemotherapy treatment at a hospital in Leeds.

Mr Sweetman, 61, also a grandfather of five, married wife Jean just three months ago.

He said: “It has all been very sudden. 

“It has come as a huge shock, I can’t believe it is happening to me.

“I am trying to stay positive.

“I have good days and then I have bad days, which are horrendous.”

Mr Sweetman’s mother in law was also diagnosed with cancer two months ago.

He said: “Jean has taken so much on. I can’t thank her enough. My family and friends have been amazing.

“I can’t thank everyone enough, I have been getting a lot of support.I have always been a fighter, but this will be the hardest fight of my life.”

Mr Sweetman lost his brother Malcolm, 57, also of Prestatyn, last year after he collapsed and died while at work in Playquest in Ffynnongroyw.

Mr Sweetman’s niece Joanne Hennigan, 37, of Bodelwyddan, is helping to organise charity events for her uncle including a charity auction on February 16 from 6.30pm at the Salisbury Arms, Tremeirchion.

She said: “We are trying to raise as much money as possible.

“He is the cherry on top of the cake that keeps our family together.

“We don’t want another tragedy in the family. He is a massive part of the family. We all want to get the diagnosis so we can start the treatment.”

Prizes on offer include a week-long holiday, signed memorabilia from Everton FC and Peter Andre, beauty treatments and gym membership.

A karaoke competition will also be held and for more information contact 07889 095599.

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