A terminally ill man is completing a terrifying zip wire challenge on Christmas Eve for a hospice, which he will sadly have to move to himself for his end of life care.
Colin Thomson, aged 51, has been diagnosed with stage four pancreatic and liver cancer that is incurable.
Colin, from Halifax and who is petrified of heights, will be travelling at approximately 120mph over the 1200ft Penrhyn Quarry in North Wales, whilst completing the zip wire aiming to raise money for the Overgate Hospice which will soon be helping him, as reported by Yorkshire Live.
The zip line was always something that Colin had wanted to do. After his devastating illness came along his best friend Paul Morrison said that they should do it together. He instantly booked and paid for the venture to support his good friend, with the frightening plan thought up while at the pub.
Although Colin is afraid of heights, he said: “It’s a bit like the illness I’m just trying not to think about it.”
He is looking forward to ticking the zip-line off his bucket list.
Colin said: “My condition is deteriorating weekly, so I wanted to get it done.
“I won’t lie I am nervous as hell. But it’s something I want to do and raise money for a cause that’s close to my heart.
“There are a lot of second thoughts, but I can’t let people down who have donated. I’m not letting myself down or the hospice down.
“Overgate Hospice are a fantastic organisation and very soon I will be in there myself, and want to raise sponsorship for this non profit charity.”
The part-time DJ of nine years started to feel ill around a year ago, after finding it almost impossible to get an appointment with a doctor due to Covid, he alleges to be told everything was fine and his illness was probably just constipation.
In July, Colin found he had lost a lot of weight and was sent for urgent blood tests. Around seven weeks later, the results of those tests came back fine but Colin was still in agony.
He went to speak to a doctor and after being admitted straight to Huddersfield Infirmary he was told he had stage 4 cancer that had gone to his liver.
Colin was told there was nothing they could do for him and in a best case scenario he would have around 6 months to live.
He added: “It will be nice to be in Overgate but I feel it’s only right I do something to repay them for when they look after me.
“I want to make a difference rather than sit at home and mope about it with people running around after me.”
Phil and Lisa, who are landlords of the pub where Colin worked as a DJ over the years, are his adopted family. He said: “They have been brilliant they have supported me all the way through this.
“It’s hard to go in the local pub because people are so upset, even the customers there are like family.”
Overgate Hospice said: “We are an independent and local charity with a mission to ensure that our patients, and those close to them, live with the best possible quality of life.
“We do this by providing the highest standard of compassionate and evidence-based specialist palliative and end of life care for adults in Calderdale who have active, progressive, life-limiting illnesses.”
To donate to Colin’s fundraiser, click here.
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