20th Aug, 2019

Big hearted Redditch couple's Peaky Blinders fundraiser for charity

Ross Crawford 16th Mar, 2019

A BIG-hearted couple are holding another ‘Peaky Blinders’ themed night – this time in aid of the Children with Cancer UK charity.

Dave Histon was inspired to help the charity after himself going in for cancer treatment at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

“I was stupid, I had skin cancer and did nothing about it for ages until it was too late and lost an eye as a result,” he said.

“But the kids there receiving cancer treatment, they were magnificent – and so brave!

“And when they’d finished their treatment they’d ring a bell in triumph and it was fantastic.

“They’d have masks made to protect their faces while undergoing treatment and they had the faces of superheroes painted on them and those kids felt like superheroes,” added Dave, who underwent 20 sessions of radiotherapy himself.

“It was tragic too because some of the youngsters didn’t make it, but their bravery was amazing.”

Last year he and his wife Elaine organised a successful Peaky Blinders night at Batchley Social Club to raise money to combat Crohn’s Disease and ulcerated colitis, and illness that affects thousands.

At Christmas a similar event to fight testicular cancer organised by their son brought in £2,400 for charity.

“I’m a Peaky Blinder myself now, born in Sparkbrook, and we want to raise as much money as possible for Children with Cancer UK,” said Dave.

“It will be on May 18 at Batchley Social Club – the people there have been golden to us – and we’ve already had companies and people making donations for the raffle we’ll hold.”

Ashleigh McCluskey from Children with Cancer UK said: “It’s thanks to our amazing supporters that we are able to continue funding high quality research that would otherwise go unfunded so we can fight the injustice of childhood cancer.”

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