A DEVOTED Timperley fundraiser is stepping up his fight against cancer to carve a brighter future for his grandchildren and the next generation.

Tommy Stott, 66, has had many falls in life but has always got back on his feet again.

This included careering 90ft from a cliff and landing face-down in a pool full of water.

Although Tommy has rolled with the punches, being diagnosed with cancer for the second time has proved a hard blow.

“I have over the past 43 years had a number of life-threatening incidents,” said the Timperley father-of-three.

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

Almost four years ago, Tommy, who worked as head chef at Manchester United’s Carrington Training Centre, was diagnosed with stage 3 oesophageal cancer.

After undergoing two rounds of chemotherapy and an operation on his oesophagus, the grandfather-of-three was given the all clear. However, a routine scan five weeks ago revealed a shadow on his liver.

After being cancer-free for two years, Tommy was told it had returned to his liver and adrenal gland.

He is currently undergoing more chemotherapy but is determined to make a difference while he can.

‘Tommy’s Fundraising Ceilidh Night’ will take place on Friday July 8 St Kentigern’s Irish Social Club, in Wilbraham Road, Fallowfield. The event is to raise money for Macmillan and Cancer Research UK.

Loose Change Buskers, who Tommy is a bucketeer for, will be performing. There will also be an auction, raffle and, of course, ceilidh dancing.

Festivities kick off at 8pm. Tickets cost £5, with all proceeds split between the charities.

“I hope you can support these very worthy causes as they are vital to fund research to help fight against a vile and indiscriminate disease that ruins families worldwide,” said Tommy.

“This is for my and your grandchildren. Every pound collected goes towards cancer research. The more pounds collected, the closer we are to finding a cure.”

For more information or to make an auction or raffle donation, call Tommy on 0161 943 8801. You can also support the cause by visiting justgiving.com/fundraising/tommy-stott1.