Wirral cancer survivor and charity founder honoured with national award by Martin Kemp

An inspirational cancer survivor and charity founder from Wirral has been honoured with a national award.

Dave Bolton, 42, from Greasby, was presented with the award by actor, presenter and 80’s pop icon Martin Kemp in recognition of his incredible work in establishing a charity to improve the quality of life for anyone with a diagnosis of cancer.

Dad-of-two Bolton survived the world’s deadliest brain cancer after undergoing surgery to remove a tennis ball sized tumour and having to take medical retirement from his job as a detective sergeant for Merseyside Police.

And despite the tumour returning more aggressively and Bolton being given between just three and eight months to live, he battled through two major brain surgeries and a year of major treatment to discover the tumour had shrunk and he was in the top two per cent of survivors.

Bolton was presented with the National Lottery Award in the Special Achievement category by former Spandau Ballet band member and EastEnders actor Kemp, who has himself had two benign brain tumours removed.

He said, “I remember when I was told that I had that won the National Lottery award.

“Just to be nominated as part of thousands of incredible people was a real honour.

“Receiving the phone call to inform me I had actually won was complete shock and I couldn’t quite believe it.

“The National Lottery has helped us set the blueprint and build the foundations for what we deliver today. The funding has helped us to reach more of some of the most vulnerable people throughout our communities who are suffering the most.”

A judging panel whittled down more than 3,700 incredible nominees to just six winners and Dave faced stiff competition to become the winner in this year’s Special Achievement category. Winners in each category received a £5,000 cash prize for their organisation and a National Lottery Awards trophy.

In 1995, Kemp was diagnosed with two brain tumours after discovering a lump on the back of his head, and over the next three years, had treatment to remove them.

Now, Kemp never takes the good times for granted – it was an experience he learnt a lot from which made him realise how fragile life is.

Kemp said, “Funding raised by National Lottery players has been crucial in the success of this project and it’s so inspiring to see Dave and the charity doing such excellent work in bridging the gap in services by offering much needed physical, emotional and mental rehabilitation for people with a cancer diagnosis.
“Having survived two benign brain tumours myself, I know only too well how important it is to have this level of support, not only for the individual, but for their families as well.”

Thanks to National Lottery players, more than £30 million goes to good causes across the UK every week, which in turn helps people like Dave continue to carry out incredible work in their communities.

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