A Lincoln couple whose lives were turned upside down by a heartbreaking cancer diagnosis are raising money for the charity that held their hands through it all.
Amanda and Raymond Johnson, who previously ran the Lincoln Imp pub on Blankney Crescent, gave up everything when Raymond was diagnosed with terminal bladder cancer in October 2015.
Amanda told The Lincolnite he had been hiding his symptoms for around six months, and is trying to encourage more people to see their doctors in the early stages.
Since Raymond’s diagnosis the couple have raise thousands of pounds for Macmillan Cancer Support and they are now planning a special event in aid of the charity.
The event will take place on Saturday, September 17 from 9am until midnight at the Grange Leisure caravan park in Mablethorpe.
They aim to raise around £2,000 for the charity and will host activities including a fishing match, golf tournament, stalls, BBQ, raffle and live entertainment.
Amanda said that the diagnosis completely changed their lives.
She said: “We had to give up the pub. Raymond had to give up his job and we had to move into a one-bed flat.
“It has changed life completely.
“If it wasn’t for Macmillan we wouldn’t have known what to do. They sorted everything for us, our benefits, they gave us counselling and sorted Raymond’s medication.
“Raymond’s diagnosis was a shock to me but he had been hiding his symptoms for months.
“Men need to get checked if there is a problem.
“If he had gone to get checked when the symptoms started he could have been treated. He missed his opportunity.”
Amanda and Raymond previously raised £7,000 at a charity event at their pub and hope that they can raise money at the event in September to thank Macmillan for all they help and support they have been given.