NHS red tape tied cancer sufferer Elliott starts treatment

The Anchor Ground, Darwen
The Anchor Ground, Darwen

A BLACKBURN man with an aggressive type of skin cancer has started his course of treatment at a private hospital as a new round of fundraising to pay for it kicks of this weekend.

Elliott Simpson, from Green Park Close in Mill Hill, is currently recovering from his first round of drugs in his home town's Beardwood Hospital.

But so far his family have only raised £80,000 towards the £180,000 needed for the full two-year course of treatment.

The 26-year-old, who has been diagnosed with stage four malignant melanoma, is self-funding his own treatment due to NHS red tape barring him from receiving the second set of drugs needed to combat its spread.

On Sunday at 3pm a football match Lancashire Police 11 and a Lancashire Fire Brigade team will take place at AFC Darwen’s ground in Anchor Road, Darwen.

Donations in aid of ‘Elliott CAN beat skin cancer’ will be taken on the gate.

And on October 21 some of his friends will bare all with a version of the iconic scene from the film 'The Full Monty'.

Elliott's mother Sonia Littler - who lives in Eldercott Grove in Deane, Bolton - said: "We have started Elliott's treatment with the money everyone has raised at Beardwood Hospital in Blackburn.

"It is very worrying for us all that we do not have enough money to complete it.

"We have raised £80,000 so far. We are unbelievably grateful to the people who have donated.

"We never thought in a billion years we would have raised so much so quickly.

"Elliott is in hospital at the moment and has had his first treatment but there are some side effects.

"He was a bit down a few days ago but his spirits have raised and he is feeling more positive again now.

"We are hoping to have his next treatment soon.

"But it is a two year-course so the fund raising goes on.

"We have arranged a football match between Lancashire fire brigade and Lancashire police to take place this Sunday at 3pm at AFC Darwen's Anchor Ground.

"The services have both made this easy. All I had to do was ask.

"We will also have a night at the Houghton Village Hall where a group of Elliott's friends are doing a 'Full Monty' performance followed by 'Booming Bingo' on Friday October 21 from 7pm to midnight.

"And finally we have some Hallowe'en parties coming at the end of the month."