Jamie inspires pal to start wish-list charity

Fundraising plan – family friend Malcolm Wheeler with Carol Macvicar, whose brother Jamie died last year from leukaemia

Fundraising plan – family friend Malcolm Wheeler with Carol Macvicar, whose brother Jamie died last year from leukaemia

First published in News

A MAN who died from leukaemia has been honoured with a charity being set up in his name to help adults complete their bucket list.

Jamie Macvicar, of High Barrets, Pitsea, died of the blood disease in October last year, aged 42.

When given the terminal diagnosis his family said there were lots of challenges and experiences he would have liked to have had with his family – from meeting Lee Evans, to the cast of Holby City.

Family friend Malcolm Wheeler, 53, who is in remission from bowel cancer, felt there was nothing around to help adults to complete their dying wishes.

Mr Wheeler, of Mariskals, Pitsea, decided to set up the Jamie Malc charity to start support groups for cancer victims and survivors and their families.

He wants to raise enough cash to grant experiences to adults across Essex, after finding most charities only cater for children or young people.

Jamie’s sister Carol, 47, said: “When Jamie was in hospital I joked with him who he’d want by his bedside and he said Lee Evans and the cast of Holby City.

“I tried my hardest to get hold of them, but it didn’t happen.

“Jamie would be overwhelmed to know this charity was being set up in his name.

“He was a people’s person who would help anyone else before himself.

“He was an amazing brother and it’s nice he will live on by helping other people.

“He was a big character. He worked in the hospital as a porter and patients would always say how amazing he was, holding their hands as they went for surgery, or joking with them. It’s been really hard, but this feels like it’s keeping him going.

“As a family we will do our upmost to raise money and help the cause.”

Mr Wheeler was motivated to start the charity after completing a Hope course at St Luke’s Hospice, in Basildon, which supports residents overcoming cancer.

He said: “It gave me a kick up the bum. I went through all the emotions, but didn’t feel isolated anymore. I wasn’t the only one worried about it coming back.

“Make A Wish and charities like that are brilliant for children.

“But had I been unlucky to have terminal diagnosis, there would be lots of things I would have liked to do with my family as a lasting memory and it was the same for Jamie.

“It gave me the inspiration to stop thinking and start doing.”

The charity will hold its first event on March 8 at Bowers Gifford Sports Club.

Drag queen Bella Bezerk will perform from 7.30pm, with a disco afterwards until late.

Tickets, which cost £10, can be booked by calling 07796 144125.

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