Newlywed donates £362 to Beat It campaign

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A charitable newlywed amassed more than £360 for our Beat It! appeal after opting for donations at her wedding rather than gifts.

Teresa Weaver wanted to contribute to the mammoth campaign to buy a prostate cancer scanner for West Suffolk Hospital as her first husband died of the disease .

Bury Free Press reporter Andrew Fitchett with Tom and Joan McManus

Bury Free Press reporter Andrew Fitchett with Tom and Joan McManus

After guests at her recent wedding dug deep, she and new husband Mark reached £725 to split between Beat It! and Kidney Dialysis.

The state of the art scanner makes detection of prostate cancer easier.

The 48-year-old, of St Ives, said she heard about the campaign through her parents Joan and Tom McManus, of Gazeley, and it ‘touched a nerve’.

By the time her late husband Geoffrey Chadderton was diagnosed with the disease it was too late and he passed away aged 60 in 2010.

Mrs Weaver said: “He had it for many years and didn’t know. By the time he did find out it was terminal.

“He did say the most embarrassing thing was the test to see if he had it.

“It touched a nerve when my mum said this is a new way of testing - not quite as invasive.

“For men it’s very difficult to go to the doctors with this.”

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You can also send cheques, written to the Bury Free Press Charity Appeal, to Bury Free Press, King’s Road, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3ET.

To send a donation by mobile phone, text Beat59 followed by a space and your donation amount (e.g Beat 59 £5) to 70070.