Terminal cancer patient to hold a living wake – because he wants to see all his family and friends

David Hughes. Collect photo from the family.

A terminal cancer patient aims to see as many friends and family – by holding his wake while he is still ALIVE.

David Hughes, 61, was diagnosed with prostate cancer last September, before doctors discovered the following month it spread to his bones.

Now dad-of-two David, from Queenborough in Kent, has set a goal to see as many close friends and family as possible before he passes away.

Defiant David said: “Why have a get together when you’re dead?”

He has arranged the gathering to go ahead on Saturday at a working men’s club, complete with a disco, music from the 70s and 80s, and a Play Your Cards Right game.

He added: “Life is about making memories and moving on, but it’s also about all the people you know and have met along the way.

“It will be great to have a catch up with people I haven’t seen for a long time.

There will also be a raffle and buffet, with cash raised at the bash to be donated to bone and prostate cancer research.

David said: “If you grew up in Noreen Avenue, Minster, in the 1960s and 1970s or were at Minster Primary, Sheerness Secondary School for boys, or Sheppey School with me, please come and join us for a fun-filled night.

“Or if you worked with me at Woods Bakery, Klippons, Queenborough Rolling Mill or Morrisons.”

He hopes for a strong turn-out at the do, as a well-known member of the community.

David – who is dad to Emma and Lauren and has four grandchildren, Carys, Jayden, Sasha and Savannah – was captain of the Eastchurch cricket team, Klippons’ cricket and football team, and a member of a number of fishing clubs.

David’s sister, Miriam Parker, added: “If you know David, come and celebrate his life and help him see faces from the past before he leaves us forever.

“He’s such a hard-working, decent, nice chap.

“The best big brother I could wish for and always has been.

“Let’s give him some happy memories to help him through this very tough time.”


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