Friends of slain MP Sir David Amess are launching a campaign he helped devise to raise £3m to help beat prostate cancer in his memory with the Prost8 charity
The death of Sir David Amess has been turned into a lifeline.
Friends of the slain MP are launching a campaign he helped devise to raise £3million to fight prostate cancer.
Sir David was a patron of the charity Prost8, which wants to fund six treatment suites in NHS hospitals across the UK.
Founder Paul Sayers, 66, said it was his pal Sir David’s idea to urge one in eight men to donate £1 – the same fraction of men who will be diagnosed with the disease at course of their life.
Paul said: “He was a big part of the campaign and the kind of person you couldn’t hate. It was a devastating blow, losing him.
“It’s been difficult to get the leadership back, and the court case has been on our minds. It was difficult, we had to think about how to continue without his contribution.
Since the murder of the MP for Southend, at least £40,000 has been donated in his name to five charities close to his heart, including Prost8. Retired Southend builder Steve Bannister, 67, who was aided by Prost8, said: “The more treatment there can be because of Sir David the better.”
The launch of the ONE in HIGHT campaign comes days after an Old Bailey judge jailed Ali Harbi Ali, 26, for life for stabbing the 69-year-old father of five during surgery in the Southend constituency last October.