Worthing pensioner vows to aid friend in need with new porch

John Cunningham with Danny (right) and Mark Corpus
John Cunningham with Danny (right) and Mark Corpus

AN 81-year-old has pledged to raise £2,000 to come to the aid of a friend battling cancer.

John Cunningham, who told the Herald last week of his incredible story of being captured in Iraq in 1990, is raising money to install a new front porch for his friend, and fellow Knight of St Columba, Danny Corpus.

Danny, 46, of Newland Road, Worthing, was diagnosed with cancer in December, 2010, and has since then recently contracted pneumonia, which has added to his suffering.

John, of Hayling Rise, High Salvington, is hoping the new porch will help insulate Danny’s house, so the heat may not be lost when the front door is opened.

John said: “Danny is already battling a devastating medical condition, which was compounded by contracting pneumonia.

“By installing this new front porch, hopefully, we can prevent this happening again.”

Danny’s cancer has left him unable to swallow and he finds it difficult to speak, as well as affecting his sight in his right eye.

He has already undergone two rounds of chemotherapy, and is fed by a food tube inserted into his stomach.

The Worthing branch of the Knights of St Columba – a fraternal organisation of Catholic gentlemen – has already raised £950 to buy a recliner chair for father-of-two Danny, to provide him with some comfort.

John said he hopes the community will help support Danny by donating whatever they can to the cause.

“Danny is a wonderful person, and while Worthing Hospital have provided him with fantastic treatment, hopefully, this should give him more security at home,” he said.

John’s daughter Rosey, 32, said her dad has always been the first to help others.

“Dad is a very selfless man,” she said. “He is always helping others in the community, and he always puts in a lot of effort. He has been an inspiration to me, really.”

To donate money for Danny’s porch, contact reporter Catrin Shi on 01903 282367.