CANCER survivor John Williams, who had a massive 16lb tumour removed nine months ago, has donated more than £2,000 to the charity that helped him through his illness.
Mr Williams, 53, handed over the money to Sarcoma UK director Roger Wilson at Ynysygerwyn Cricket Club last Thursday.
He was diagnosed with sarcoma cancer – a rare form accounting for only 1% of all diagnosed cancers – last December and given only two months to live.
His only hope was an operation he was given just a 30% chance of surviving to remove the tumour.
But Mr Williams, of Hunters Ridge, Tonna, made an amazing recovery from his life-threatening illness to help organise a fund-raising evening for Sarcoma UK.
The charity provides information, support and advice to cancer sufferers, and supports research into treatment of the disease.
Mr Williams said: “It went really well. I presented Roger with a £2,200 cheque, which will go toward the £200,000 they have already raised.
“Sarcoma UK was very helpful to me. They got in touch with me as soon as I left hospital and offered me support, and sent visitors around to see me for aftercare.”
Mr Williams’ friend Andrew Davies, 42, donated £2,000 to the cancer charity Crossroads on the same evening.
“After my father-in-law passed away I was determined to do something because Crossroads had helped look after him,” said Mr Davies, a father-of-two from Baglan.
“My son plays for Ynysygerwyn Cricket Club and when John found out we were organising a charity match we went in on it together.”
Unfortunately, the match planned for the August Bank Holiday had to be called off because of torrential rain.
Instead, the pair raised money through an auction and quiz night.
Both men would like to thank everyone who contributed to their fundraising efforts.