TIMPERLEY grandfather-of-three Tommy Stott touched the hearts of millions on Friday night as he shared his experience of living with terminal cancer.

Tommy, 66, and his wife of 43 years Yvonne starred in a Stand Up To Cancer appeal film, which was broadcast in a Channel 4 special on October 21.

In the moving footage, the couple talked about the the impact Tommy’s terminal cancer diagnosis has had on their family’s lives.

Retired chef Tommy, who used to cook for David Beckham and the Class of ’92 at Manchester United, was diagnosed with stage three oesophageal cancer in 2013 and was treated with chemotherapy and surgery.

Initially, Tommy made a good recovery but in April 2016, a routine scan showed a shadow on his liver – the cancer had come back. It was also found in his adrenal gland. Tommy, who has a daughter Dawn and two sons Jonathan and William, began more chemotherapy and took part in a clinical trial.

But in September, Tommy was rushed to hospital after complications and needed surgery. He is currently waiting to see if he can restart treatment.

Tommy said: “It has been difficult since the scan earlier this year but I have dedicated the rest of my life towards helping support and fund research.

“My daughter always says to me I have got as many lives as a cat. Unfortunately, I think I might have run out of chances now.

“Cancer is a vile and indiscriminate disease that ruins families worldwide.

“I want to help fight it for mine and your grandchildren and that is why I stand up to cancer.”

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Tommy Stott, 66, is living with terminal cancer

Tommy is an avid fundraiser. His successful fundraising events, including ‘Tommy’s Fundraising Ceilidh Night’, have been published in the Messenger and he can often be seen out in force collecting for Trafford’s beloved Loose Change Buskers.

Head of Stand Up to Cancer Rachel Carr said: “We hope that by hearing Tommy’s story we’re able to raise awareness of the progress being made in our labs and research centres.

"We also hope that it inspires people to Stand Up To Cancer with Tommy and raise money so that we can accelerate that progress to being kinder treatments and cures to patients sooner.”

To donate £10 to Stand Up To Cancer text FIGHT to 70404.