Urgent fund-raising campaign to pay for treatment for Bishop’s Waltham dad-of-four with brain tumour

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Friends and family of a dad-of-four from Bishop’s Waltham are raising money to pay for urgent treatment after he was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Self-employed groundworker Ricky Smith, 39, started suffering from bad headaches a month ago but his family says doctors put it down to lack of water, lack of sleep or stress and his say his hospital did not take it seriously.

As a last-ditch attempt to help Ricky, his partner Katrina booked him an opticians appointment thinking perhaps he needed glasses.

Opticians noticed blood behind his eyes and sent him on a same day emergency referral to hospital, there he underwent a CT scan. This led to an emergency MRI and finally the news came that Rick had a grade 4 butterfly glioblastoma – a fast-growing and aggressive brain tumour.

Doctors say they cannot remove the tumour due to its location and have given Ricky, who went to infant and junior school in Bishop’s Waltham and secondary school in Swanmore, just 15 months to live.

But family and friends are raising money to fund ground-breaking treatment in Germany where different careis available to people with a similar diagnosis to Ricky, who is dad to Roman, 15, Louis, seven, Carson, five and Arlo, two.

Friend Alissa Triance, who has set up a fundraising page https://www.gofundme.com/f/ricks-army-cancer-will-not-win said: “Ricky is a young man with young children who do not deserve to lose their father.

Four young boys do not deserve to grow up without him and Katrina does not deserve to lose her partner. They are the first to help if anyone ever has any issues, so now Rick’s Army is going to come together to help them.

“We are asking for donations to book Rick in with a specialist, the treatment costs around £30,000 and can run alongside his normal treatment pathway, whilst we accept it may not cure his symptoms, it may give his sons more time to make memories with him and him to make memories with them.

“Any additional money raised above the treatment cost will go towards travel to the hospitals and fighting this awful disease.”

The treatment fundraising campaign has already raised more than £26,000 in the past 24 hours.

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