01:12AM, Sunday 11 November 2012
A husband who shares a love of bowls with his wife has used the sport to raise cash for a cancer charity as she battles the disease for the third time.
Michael White has collected £2,566 for Cancer Research UK during his year-long term as president of the Royal County of Berkshire Bowling Association.
His wife Valerie has been diagnosed with three forms of the disease within the last 40 years.
Michael, 66, raised the money in a variety of ways including through bowls matches.
"The support I have had has been amazing," he said. "It has been a lot of fun."
The decision to pick Cancer Research UK as his chosen charity was inspired by Valerie, 73, who is undergoing treatment following her third cancer diagnosis and is 'doing well'.
Retired planning and design consultant Michael paid tribute to his wife as being a great example of why it is important not to give up hope. "We just keep fighting," he said.
Valerie, who discovered she had cancer for the second time after experiencing a pain while playing bowls, added: "I enjoy my life too much to pack it in."
The couple, who celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary this year and live in Furze Platt in Maidenhead, have been playing the sport at Desborough Bowls Club in York Road for the last 16 years.
Michael, who also has two children of his own, finishes his bowling association presidential term this month.
His fundraising efforts were praised by Maggie Young, manager of Cancer Research UK's Maidenhead branch.
"One day all cancers will be cured and it's people like Michael who bring that day a step closer," she said.
The charity, which does not receive government funding, relies on donations.