Oldham Evening Chronicle Pride in Oldham Awards

The Fifth Pride in Oldham Awards

Chris Hoyle

Chris just can't stop helping

by GEOFF WOOD

A CANCER patient who cannot stop helping other sufferers has been nominated for a Pride in Oldham award.

Chris Hoyle was diagnosed in March, 2004, with chronic myeloid leukaemia. Drugs keep his condition stable and he is expecting to have a bone marrow transplant.

But Chris (47), of Tame Valley Close, Mossley, is the last person to let the grass grow under his feet.

He started attending meetings of CAN - Cancer Aid Network - which was set up by a Macmillan nurse. Very soon he began helping out, talking to patients and organising trips.

In between, Chris has also raised 10,000 for leukaemia research and aims to start a branch of CAN in Oldham.

The former joiner and decorator, also finds time to work as a volunteer driver for Dr Kershaw's Hospice one day a week.

He said: "It is important for sufferers to have someone with whom to discuss their feelings, sort out money and benefit problems, and also get general practical support."

The CAN group, which has a base in Chadderton and another in Greenfield, is aiming to get charity status.

Chris's partner, Julie Walker, said: "He does tireless work for CAN and works as a helper for Dr Kershaw's even though he has leukaemia."