October 21 2014 Latest news:
Harry Kemble, Reporter
Thursday, June 5, 2014
A former footballer - in remission after being diagnosed with bowel cancer - is raising £1,000 for King George Hospital and Queens Hospital after they helped him recover from the disease.
Ex-Bishop’s Stortford striker Lyndon Lynch, a former head coach of the England Cerebral Palsy Football team, has organised a “bubble” football tournament, featuring 10 teams which are each paying £100 to play.
Mr Lynch was taken ill after coaching the England disability side in Spain last year, he had just five units of blood in his body. A healthy person would have between 13 to 18 units.
Mr Lynch, 62, of Barking, said: ““It was the hardest period of my life without a doubt. I just did not expect it to happen [to me] - a complete shock.”
“I was whisked straight off to hospital and I had an operation last September, then I had six months of chemotherapy.”
Doctors announced Mr Lynch to be in remission earlier this year.
“One of the reasons why I got through it was the support of the two hospitals,” he said.
Mr Lynch would visit the bowel cancer support group once a month at King George Hospital in Barley Lane, Ilford, and would later receive treatment at Queens Hospital in Rom Valley Way, Romford.
The father-of-two also had a cancerous tumour removed at King George Hospital.
Mr Lynch decided to help raise funds for the two hospitals after hearing the support group had been closed down after it had to pay rent to remain on the site.
“I got to meet people who were going through my experience. It was not only encouraging for me, but inspirational, too.”
Ten teams will contest the bubble football tournament on June 14, hosted by East London Leisure Trust, of which Mr Lynch is a director.
“We wanted people to come down and have fun,” said Mr Lynch. “We have been inundated with applications from teams.”
The money raised will be split between the hospitals and £500 will be donated to charity Cancer Research.
Mr Lynch hopes the money raised will keep the support group going for another five months.
The tournament will take place at Upper School, Barking Abbey School, Sandringham Road, Barking, IG11 9AG between 1-5pm.
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