A BRANSTON man who lost two friends to cancer will take part in the London Marathon on Sunday in their memory.
Pete Doughty wants to give back to Macmillan Cancer Support and has already raised a massive £4,585.
His close friend Ian Dickerson, known as Dicko, died from liver cancer on March 1 at the age of 60, just a year after being diagnosed. Another of his friends, Steve Pugh, had previously lost his battle with cancer.
Pete has set up a fund-raising page called ‘one for the frog’, a cockney rhyming slang slogan which is a tribute to Ian who used the phrase.
He said: “I knew Ian through Branston Golf Club. He would always have ‘one for the frog’ which is cockney rhyming slang as frog meaning toad.”
Pete even plans to have the slogan and a frog shaved into his head and sprayed green ahead of the big race.
He told the Mail: “I was hoping he would still be around for the marathon but he passed away.
“When I found out he was terminally ill everyone rallied around. We tried to cram as much stuff as possible into the last six months.
“Even in his darkest hour he remained cheerful and upbeat, grateful for the support he received and refused to openly complain about the card he had been dealt.
“Given the values he held dear, it is no surprise that he chose to spend his last few months at home surrounded by the people he held closest to his heart, and it is even less of a surprise that those people were there for him.
“As well as family and friends he had the support of Dawn, a Macmillan nurse who offered help and support in the compassionate, respectful and professional way we all take for granted when we hear the word ‘Macmillan’.”
Pete described his friend as a ‘larger than life presence’ with a ‘larger than life heart’ who was always a face you were pleased to see and a guy you were happy to spend time with.
He added: “I want to raise as much money as possible to say thank you for the support that has been given to Dicko and his family and to help ensure that when many more of us need that support in the future it is there for us.”
Pete’s page can be found at justgiving.com/oneforthefrog