Wednesday, 22 August 2007

Appealing for Adam

Many years ago when I lived in Tealby, we had a wonderful postman called Ken Griffin. Being a rural community, his role was far more than just delivering the post. He genuinely cared about everyone and looked out for the vulnerable and elderly. Being an ex-business man, he always made sure we got our post early and once caught me as I collapsed on the doorstep signing for Special Ds! He and his wife Sue called my neighbours to check I was OK as they were worried about me! I'd been drinking champagne but that's another story!

Every day when Ken called into the studio he used to update us on his son Adam's latest adventures as he treked around the globe. All this time he was working hard to convert his home into a B&B where my parents spent many an enjoyable stay when we didn't have a spare bedroom.

The Griffins are wonderful people who make a difference to a lot of people's lives. That's why I was so sad to hear that Adam was diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer in October 2006 at the age of just 29. As the efficacy of his chemotherapy diminishes, the drug ‘Erbitux’ is his only hope. It's not available on the NHS, only privately at £55,000 for a 3 month course of treatment. His family and friends have started a fundraising campaign and website. If funds are not used or part used then the remaining funds will go to Bowel Cancer UK.

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