A Scot battling terminal cancer has raised more than £10,000 for the hospice he is spending his final days in.
Graham Molloy, 56, recently moved into the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice in Bellahouston Park for 'the next chapter of my cancer journey'.
Graham, from Glasgow, was diagnosed with throat cancer about five years ago, which then developed into skin cancer.
He received treatment at the time but about two years later he developed a sore back and was referred for a chest x-ray, which led to a CT scan being carried out.
The former lorry driver was then diagnosed with lung cancer in January 2019 before having surgery at NHS Golden Jubilee Hospital in Clydebank and chemotherapy at the New Victoria.
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He was badly affected by the pandemic last year being effectively a prisoner in his own home and was reliant on his family of two sons, Barry, 35, and Kieran, 26, to do his shopping and pass it to him through his window.
Tragically the cancer has since spread to his liver and he was told that there were no further treatments available for him.
It was then he moved into the hospice.
But big-hearted Graham was shocked to hear about the running costs of the facility and set out to raise £7,500.
Graham said: “I was being treated at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital a few months back when a doctor came to talk to me.
"Alistair told me about The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice and all the care they could offer me. I decided to investigate and was astounded to learn it costs about £16,000 each day to run their services.
"Even before I left hospital for the hospice, I decided I wanted to do something to help so I started a Gofundme. I set my target at £7,500 and over the past month it has raised more than £10,000. I have been so touched by everyone’s generosity.”
Graham reflected on his life behind the wheel, with his favourite country being Italy where he developed a taste for pasta.
His love of pasta led to his son, Kieran, contacting Sugo in Glasgow. Graham had been eager to visit the city's newest Italian restaurant but never got the chance due to the pandemic.
After Kieran contacted the restaurant, chefs made their specialty pasta and brought to the hospice for the brave dad to try out.
Graham has since declared the spinach and ricotta ravioli 'the best pasta he has ever had'.
Opening up on his time in the end of life centre, Graham told of his joy at being reunited with his beloved pooch.
He said: “Not only is the hospice just such a lovely peaceful and friendly place, the staff are just amazing.
"Night and day they are there looking after us all, nothing is ever too much trouble.
"And the biggest difference for me has been that my 10-month-old puppy Rottweiler, Saoirse has been allowed to visit me.
"I have missed her so much and now when she visits, the other patients look forward to seeing her too. It’s just these little things that make the hospice such as special place.
“My son has been bringing in bird feed and has filled up all the feeders outside. It’s so nice to sit with my bedroom door open onto the patio and watch the birds.
“I couldn’t be in a better place and it’s so important to me that the fundraiser is as successful as it can be to help patients in the future benefit from such an amazing place.”
Rhona Baillie, Chief Executive of The Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice, said: “We are so very grateful to Graham and everyone who has donated to his fundraiser.
"While our care and services are free to everyone who needs them, as a charity we do rely on the public’s generosity to keep the hospice running.
“Graham is doing an amazing thing at a very difficult time in his life and I know his efforts will greatly benefit our patients in the future.
"The hospice is a special place and I am so glad that Graham is comfortable and happy here. Our staff do all they can to make each patient feel at home here and we will continue to do this into the future.”
Graham wrote on his GoFundMe fundraising drive: "I am moving onto the next chapter of my cancer journey and will moving into the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice in Bellahouston Park.
"I'm raising money in aid of Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice and every donation will help. It costs £16k per day, to open the doors each day, to provide the care to patients, at a time when we need it most. Their support to patients and family is invaluable.
"I hope you can join me in making a difference to people at a very important time in their life. The hospice provides clinical, spiritual and social care for patients and their family at extremely difficult times
"Every penny will help, so please donate what you can. I know its difficult times, so I really appreciate every donation, your contribution to this cause that means so much to me."
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