A charity lunch to help raise vital funds needed to support research into fighting pancreatic cancer was held in memory of a Linslade man.
Melvyn Webb, who lived and worked on Soulbury Road Farm, died of the disease last October at the age of 58. He was remembered by his close friends Roger and Ann Costin who were inspired to organise last month’s event in his memory.
More than 180 people turned up to show their support, and thanks to money donated towards the auction and raffle, the event at Pond Farm, in Wingfield, raised in excess of £9,000.
Mevyn’s stepson, Dr James Cotterell, did all he could to help save him, but says that he missed out on the most recent and effective treatment.
Dr Cotterell said: “Identification of the exact molecular events that are causing cancer growth allow us to design and/or select specific drugs that block those specific processes.
“Such refined targeted chemotherapy regimes promise to improve the prognosis of pancreatic cancer.
“This is exactly what we did for Melvyn. Unfortunately we were hit by a bureaucratic brick wall at the point of seeking the most promising drug and Melvyn passed away while we were trying to get him on the next best option that was possible to obtain.
“With time this type of approach should become more mainstream meaning that is can be done quicker, cheaper and without the red tape.
“Unfortunately this devastating cancer, research into which has been largely underfunded over the last decades, leaves the average person dead only seven months after diagnosis. It truly is a race against time.”