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Compassion for Brian from Long Sutton Men's Shed members




Long Sutton Men’s Shed is known for its warmth and companionship and this was evident when a member was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Brian Ashley (72) received an early diagnosis in May and was prescribed a course of radiotherapy involving 20 sessions at Peterborough District Hospital. Several Men’s Shed members have driven Brian and his wife Brenda to hospital, most notably David Stearn and his wife Jean, who went almost every day – and when they couldn’t, Ray Howard and Frank Heinrich-Tiller stepped in.

Brian has now rung the bell to signify completing his 20-session course of treatment. He now has an eight-week wait before a blood test will give an indication that he is finally clear of the cancer.

Brian Ashley rings the bell to signify he has completed his 20-session course of treatment (23239276)
Brian Ashley rings the bell to signify he has completed his 20-session course of treatment (23239276)

Doctors have told Brian that he may feel the effects of the treatment for up to a few weeks until the benefits really kick in and, all being well, he should gradually start to feel better.

Brian came to live in Long Sutton five-and-a-half years ago and he joined the Long Sutton Men’s Shed at the beginning of the year following a suggestion from Brenda who had heard about it.

He really enjoys his visits to the shed, for the companionship, warm welcome and the chats over a cuppa with fellow members.

Brian finds it a nice break in the week and says it has definitely made him feel better, meeting people who are all very kind and helpful.


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