Keith's a trophy winner at last!

Keith Potts and his wife Christine had been longstanding supporters of York Against Cancer, having first got involved around 20 years ago when friends and relatives were touched by the disease.

The couple were professional caterers who for many years had provided our annual lunch, and as a keen golfer Keith became involved with our annual golf day at York Golf Club, Strensall.

Initially players competed only for glory, but as part of their support for us Keith and Christine decided about 16 years ago to provide a trophy for the competitors to win.

The nature of our work came home closely to Keith and Christine after she was diagnosed with breast cancer two weeks before their daughter was married, eight years ago. She died after a four-year battle with the disease.

“She was a fighter,” said Keith. “She had a lumpectomy, then a mastectomy, but we had four wonderful years.

“Until you have been involved with cancer as a family it is in the distance, but as soon as it is part of your family, you know how much charities like York Against Cancer matter.”

Keith continued to support us, bringing a team to our golf day each year in an effort to win the trophy he and Christine had bought.

The team, Must Try Harder, had little success until coming third last year, but they lived up to their name this year, when they finally came home first.

“It was brilliant!” said Keith.  “I was made up, having given it 16 years ago. It was special to me, having supported the charity. It was a special feeling to lift the trophy, it was excellent and we certainly raised a glass to Christine.

“This charity is dear to my heart and always has been -  it is nice to do what you can.”

Keith was himself diagnosed with a form of leukaemia two years ago. He is being cared for by the same doctor who looked after Christine, but has so far needed no treatment for his condition.

He has a new partner, Fiona, and is happily looking to the future, but continues to remember Christine through our golf day and through Christine’s Fun Walk, an annual event that raises money for us and for Breast Cancer Care.