Pub gives £16,000 thanks after owner’s cancer treatment

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A Sheffield pub has raised over £16,000 for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity as a thank you for treating its landlord after he was diagnosed with testicular cancer.

Gareth Williams, who owns the Union in Nether Edge with his wife, Sarah, has joined the fundraising events since being diagnosed in September 2010.

Staff, customers and friends have grown moustaches and taken part in the charity’s park fun runs.

After initially complaining of stomach ache and suffering from thyroid-related problems, Gareth, aged 38, was found to have testicular cancer that had spread to his liver, lungs and lymph nodes. He had surgery in June 2011.

“My cancer diagnosis came as a complete shock,” he said. “You honestly never think it will happen to you and when it does, your outlook on life completely changes.

“I started chemotherapy at Weston Park Hospital straightaway and although I was extremely unwell, my wife Sarah began organising a fundraising challenge for friends, staff and pub locals to start growing moustaches in support of the cancer charity.”

The hospital was “an incredible and vital facility for the region”, said Gareth. Fundraising continues.