Pride of Britain nomination for Sheffield man who vowed to repay life-saving treatment

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A Sheffield man who was given months to live 14 years ago has been shortlisted for a national award after raising £200,000 for the hospital which saved his life.

John Price, agesd 61, who was treated at Weston Park Hospital, is a finalist in the Pride of Britain Awards, which will be televised live.

In 2001, John was told he had terminal cancer. He was put on a clinical trial at the hospital with drugs that boosted his immune system.

The treatment, which cost £100,000, turned out to be a life saver, as John responded well and was able to see his children grow up.

When John found out the cost he vowed to effectively pay it back to the Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity for saving his life.

He raised the massive sum primarily through organising charity golf days.

John has been shortlisted in the charity fundraiser category of the Pride of Britain awards.

Mr Price said: “I’m so thrilled to be a finalist for Pride of Britain and honoured to have been nominated by the cancer charity.

“Put very simply, the research study at Weston Park Hospital saved my life and meant that I was able to see my children grow up and now my grandchildren.

“I will be forever grateful to Weston Park Hospital and this is my motivation to continue to support and fund the groundbreaking research and treatment that happens there every single day.”

Director of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, Samantha Kennedy, said: “John has been an inspirational fundraiser for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity for many years.

“The altruism he has shown in setting himself the personal target of raising the £100,000 which represents the full cost of the trial he was on, is matched with the passion and energy he constantly shows which has enabled him to raise more than £200,000.

“At any one moment in time there are over 100 separate clinical trials taking place at the Cancer Clinical Trials Centre at Weston Park Hospital, benefitting over 1,000 local people and Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity is delighted to support this activity each year.

“It’s only with the continued support of fundraisers like John that we can commit to this vital and ground-breaking work which is taking place on our doorsteps.”

The Pride of Britain Awards, hosted by Carol Vorderman will be broadcast on ITV1 on October 1.