BS16 posties turn superhero to help young dad with brain cancer

May 02 2022
BS16 posties turn superhero to help young dad with brain cancer

POSTIES based at Fishponds' delivery office turned superhero to help raise money for a young dad who is fighting brain cancer.

Staff from the Royal Mail depot in New Station Way did their rounds in masks and capes and collected cash for Dave's Brain Fund.

David Gibbs, 37, lives in Staple Hill with his wife and three-year-old daughter. He was diagnosed with glioblastoma (GBM), an aggressive cancer of the brain and spinal cord, last September.

He underwent an operation at Southmead Hospital to remove 95% of the tumour and is undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy but has been told they will not stop the tumour from growing back without further treatment – and the average survival time from diagnosis is 12 to 18 months.

His family discovered a treatment called a personalised cancer vaccine, which sequences genetic information from the patient and tumour to help the immune system target and attack the cancer cells. But the treatment is not available on the NHS and Dave needs to raise £150,000 to fund and receive the treatment at a clinic in Germany.

A massive effort by family, friends and more than 2,000 donors has seen more than £127,000 raised towards the treatment so far.

The Royal Mail fundraising was the idea of Luke Beedle, a postie based in Fishponds who went to school with Dave and his wife Gemma.

 

 

David Gibbs with his daughter Molly

Luke and his wife Dawn have also organised two Lego-themed events to help raise money.

Luke said: "Like them we are childhood sweethearts, having met at school, and have a young family.

"On hearing the news about Dave, we made a donation straight away, however I did not feel it was enough, so we came up with a few ideas to fundraise for the family.

"I got permission for the postal workers to have a dress-up day to raise awareness of Dave’s Brain Fund and fundraise for the cause.

"The postal workers have previously dressed up to raise money for the NHS during covid, which both lifted spirits and raised a good sum of money.

"There were collection boxes in the sorting office and the postal workers who dressed up had QR codes, so they could take online donations as well."  

Among those joining Luke delivering in costume in the Fishponds and Frenchay area were Emerson Souza, who dressed as Shazam, Ric Naimi-Akbar, who became the Flash, and Regina Elina, who dressed as a Gengar Pokemon.

Some workers dressed up for a day and others for a week.

The event raised a total of £470 for Dave’s treatment.

Luke said: "Thank you to all who supported the postal workers and the great cause."

Donations to Dave's Brain fund can be made at justgiving.com/crowdfunding/davesbrainfund.