03:23AM, Monday 21 July 2014
A family fun day organised by the mother of a 24-year-old in remission from blood cancer has raised thousands of pounds for charity.
Since her son Tom was first diagnosed in July last year with Extranodal NK/T Cell Lymphoma, a form of blood cancer, Trudie Twitchen has been doing everything she can to help fund research into the disease.
Tom - dubbed 'miracle man' - nearly died on three occasions last year and held the record at Royal Berkshire Hospital for losing the most blood and surviving.
At one point his family were told the former pupil at Altwood School in Altwood Road only had hours to live.
On Saturday, Trudie, who works with her son at Marks & Spencer in Maidenhead, invited friends and the public for an afternoon of food and entertainment at Pinkneys Green Cricket Club in Pinkneys Drive.
Entertainment was also laid on for children including two fire engines.
Two days before the event Tom came down with a face, throat and sinus infection and had to go to hospital.
Doctors agreed he could leave for a few hours on Saturday to make an appearance at his event.
Trudie, who was sponsored to shave her head in February, said: "It was amazing when he turned up. Everybody was so pleased to see him."
"It was the icing on the cake for me to see him walk across the green.
"He is still in remission, they say it isn't the c word."
Through donations and a raffle the day raised £2,600, bringing Trudie's fundraising total to more than £12,000.
Proceeds will go to Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and mental health charity Mind.
Trudie hopes to make the event an annual fixture.
She said: "If people had not done fundraising before me then my poor boy would not be here.
"I don't want anybody to have to go through the pain we did or Tom did."
"If can change that I will do and I will carry on."
Trudie said she wanted to thank Zoe Levitt, Maria Sammas, Bexy Prater and Robyn Twitchen for their help with the event.
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