Plasterer plans fundraising party after fighting back from cancer

Plasterer plans fundraising party after fighting back from cancer

James Preston

Plasterer plans fundraising party after fighting back from cancer

A battling plasterer is set to join friends and family in donning wacky wigs to celebrate his fight back from testicular cancer.

Bill Riddle has undergone an intense series of chemotherapy treatments at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading and fought eight infections, including the potentially deadly C. diff, since having a tumour removed in August last year but earlier this month he was given the news he was in remission.

The 56-year-old, who imagined the illness as an unwelcome lodger named Roger to help him through his treatment, is now joining wife Kate, 42, in organising a fun evening of karaoke to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support at his favourite pub, the Crauford Arms in Gringer Hill.

Bill said: "We have evicted Roger. He has left the building.

"The doctors and Macmillan nurses have been fantastic, my wife has been an absolute rock and my friends have been great.

"It's a big thank you to everyone."

The crowd will wear wigs of all shapes and sizes for the event, which aims to bring Bill's fundraising full circle after he joined four friends in shaving off his hair for Cancer Research UK ahead of his chemotherapy.

His hair has grown back and he is now in the process of rebuilding his strength to ease back into work after losing nearly four stone during the course of the treatment.

Bill and Kate used to live in Harrow Lane but moved in with Kate's mother in Windsor following Bill's diagnosis, but plan to return to Maidenhead soon.

He said: "The aim is to get back to normality. It's what I think everybody hopes for. Getting up and doing the dishes and running the hoover around. It's the sort of thing you want to get back to doing."

The Wigs for Quids event will take place on Saturday, March 30, at 7pm.

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