Family’s urgent plea to help save great-grandad

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A family has issued a plea to raise £15,000 to help save the life of a great-grandfather.

John Jones, 63, of Greystock Close, Bamber Bridge, has been told he has just six months to live after contracting pancreatic cancer last month.

The odds are stacked against dad, but we have to try


The devastating diagnosis is made more complex since John suffers from the crippling condition ankylosing spondylitis and rheumatoid arthritis - which has left him wheelchair bound from the age of 45.

In a bid to save his life, wife Ruth and sons Adam and Matthew and daughter Kirsty have launched a campaign to fund ground-breaking NanoKnife treatment that uses electrical currents to destroy tumours.

Adam, 36, said: “He’s gone through all of this with ankylosing spondylitis, and now this. It seems like one thing after another, but dad’s unbelievable. I’ve never heard him complain.

“He’s never asked ‘why me?’. We’re all in a mess, but he’s the strong one.”

He added: “The research and funding into pancreatic cancer doesn’t compare to other cancers - it’s the same survival rate as it was in the 1930s at three per cent, which is shocking. The odds are stacked against dad, but we have to try.

“People have already been so generous with their donations - the total is currently just under £4,000. Dad can’t even look at the site without bursting into tears.”

John, a former electrical engineer, who has seven grandchildren and one great-grandson, began chemotherapy treatment on Friday with the hope that the £15,000 needed for the NanoKnife proceedure will be in place for the end of those sessions.

Anyone with fundraising ideas, or who would like to take part in a fundraising gig being planned is asked to visit: or email: