October 23 2014 Latest news:
Ajay Nair, Reporter
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
A man who was diagnosed with cancer refused to admit defeat after not being able to run in the London Marathon.
Sean Harris, from Gants Hill, held his own charity fundraiser after his plan to run the 26.2-mile route for the Macmillan Cancer Support charity was cut short following the discovery of a tumour in his bladder.
Undeterred, the 43-year-old taxi driver still wanted to do something for the charity, so he organised on a coffee morning in a friend’s back garden last month which raised £1,300.
More than 50 guests attended the event and bought clothes and chocolates from stalls while sipping coffee, which had been donated by the Little Coffee Bag Company.
Sean said: “Everyone really pulled together and we’re really grateful.
“I was just turning a negative into a positive.”
Since being diagnosed in January, Sean has been given the all-clear.
“I was quite disappointed that I couldn’t run the marathon” he said. “It’s so hard to get a place.”
Local businesses donated to the cause, along with the visitors who paid £5 to enter the garden.
Sean said: “It was just great, the amount of people who turned up. It’s always good to do something for charity.”