People from all over Chester have been wearing ‘silly hats’ in honour of a much-loved Chester man battling a brain tumour.
Scores of readers have taken to social media to pass on their well-wishes after The Chronicle yesterday reported the heartbreaking story of well-known Danny Jones, of Boughton , who was diagnosed with a grade 4 tumour in 2012, just days after discovering he was to become a father for the second time.
Former Chester FC Academy coach Danny had only been married to wife Tara for a year and had not even reached his 30th birthday when he was diagnosed, and over the past two years has endured radiotherapy and chemotherapy, and since September has been confined to a wheelchair.
But Danny, now 31, and dad to Holly, 10, and Franklin, two, has been able to take some comfort from the fundraising efforts of his loved ones to raise money for Brain Tumour Research – including today’s ‘Wear a Silly Hat’ event.
Staff and children from Noah’s Ark Day Nursery in Boughton, where Franklin attends, all donned crazy headwear and also held a Mad Hatter’s style tea party in their fundraising attempt, whilst pupils from Boughton Heath Primary School also had fun in silly hats. Other events are also taking place at various places in the city, including Chester Catholic High School.
Children at Saighton CE Primary School paid £1 to wear a silly hat and they raised £102. Head Teacher Mavis Sellers, said: “We were touched when we learned of Danny’s condition, and wanted to add our support, as he has worked with the children at the school over a number of years.”
All the proceeds raised are for the charity Franklin’s Star, which Tara had to set up due to the huge amount of money raised. The charity are steadfast in their attempt to raise awareness of Brain Tumour Research, after they discovered that less than 1% of research funding is spent on brain cancer.
Tara told The Chronicle: “Danny is so well-known in Chester, my friends always joke that when we are with him, we can rarely walk five feet without being stopped, chatted to or asked for his opinion on the latest Premiership or local football game,” said Tara.
“He has been working in local football and primary schools for over a decade and is a wonderful football coach, not to mention a complete charmer. But he’s been amazing throughout this illness, and taken it all on the chin. He really is Franklin’s Star. He’s remarkable.”
* For more details on the fundraising events being held for Danny, and how you can donate, visit https://www.justgiving.com/FranklinsStar/2.