Friends honouring final wishes of Teesside rigger Liam Griffiths who lost rare cancer fight

Liam Griffiths
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The friends of much-loved Teesside rigger Liam Griffiths are honouring his last wishes by embarking on charity fundraising for the hospice where he spent his final days.

The 31-year-old from Ingleby Barwick won the hearts of Teessiders when he bravely spoke candidly about his diagnosis of rare peritoneal cancer and that his condition was terminal - urging others to, unlike him, seek medical advice earlier.

His heartbroken mum, Susan Huskinson said since Liam's passing in January she has had a number of messages from people who followed his story on Teesside Live and were compelled to go to the doctors and got early cancer diagnoses.

The 56-year-old said: "Life has been so difficult for me since he has passed." Now, Liam's friends are organising a charity 21-mile walk from Saltburn to Whitby to raise money for Alice House Hospice where Liam was cared for in the last two weeks of his life.

Liam bravely spoke out about his cancer battle
Liam bravely spoke out about his cancer battle -Credit:UGC

Susan said: "I unfortunately cannot walk it due to health issues, but his brothers are. Liam before passing asked a friend who visited him at the Alice House Hospice where he was staying if he would promise him he would do something charitable for the hospice as they only rely on donations and they helped Liam out hugely and he classed them all as family. They give him his last three days of his life in peace and out of pain."

Now that friend, Jack Smith, is organising the walk which will take place on September 27. He said: "I was lucky enough to be able to see him in his final days and he said one of the things he wanted me to do for him was to raise money for Alice House in his name.

"He tried a swear box and ended up having £50 within two hours, but that was Liam. He said that wasn't enough and wanted to raise more and to give something back, but that's the type of man he was, always putting others first before himself. He said the nurses had done everything and anything for him and he was very grateful.

"We aim to give the sponsor money to Alice House and also provide a memorial bench to place outside his home."

Liam was away working on the rigs in March, last year, when he started having problems with his stomach. He was suffering from agonising stomach pain and chronic constipation.

Once home he visited North Tees Hospital, in Stockton, where medics initially thought he might have Crohn's Disease. But, a scan showed a perforated bowel and he was rushed into surgery.

Doctors dealt the devastating blow a few weeks later that he had the rare peritoneal cancer. To make a donation or to sponsor the walkers visit the fundraising page here.

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