David fulfils a last fund-raising wish

David Tinlin from DROUT hands over �700 to Kieran Maxwell from Henry Dancer Days at Morpeth Town Hall.'REF 2002155877
David Tinlin from DROUT hands over �700 to Kieran Maxwell from Henry Dancer Days at Morpeth Town Hall.'REF 2002155877

A dying man has fulfilled one of his last wishes to raise funds for a children’s cancer charity.

Brave David Tinlin, who has terminal cancer and has been told he has just weeks to live, has handed over £700 to Henry Dancer Days, which supports families of children with bone cancer osteosarcoma.

The cash was raised at Mr Tinlin’s final fund-raising night at Morpeth RAFA Club, with proceeds shared between his own charity Drout, which helps people with alcohol addiction, and Henry Dancer Days.

He said: “We raised £1,400 so £700 went to the kids’ cancer charity and £700 went to Drout.

“It was a mate who told me about Henry Dancer Days so I decided to give half the money to that because I wanted to do something for children’s cancer charity. It will be used to make life a bit better for the kids who have this bad illness.”

Mr Tinlin, who was an Olympic Torch Bearer in 2012 after been chosen for his charity work for Escape Family Support, presented the cheque to fellow torch bearer Keiran Maxwell, a bone cancer patient in remission who has been supported by Henry Dancer Days.

Charity founder Jane Nattrass, who grew up in Morpeth and set up Henry Dancer Days in memory of her son, said: “I feel privileged to have met David and was completely floored when I heard that one of his dying wishes was to donate to children with cancer, despite his own health issues.

“Keiran is one of our stars — he hopes to compete in Rio as a paralympian. He has the attitude to get there and we’re all behind him 100 per cent.”