Friday, 19 February 2010

Minute's silence as Warminster footballer loses leukaemia battle

A minute's silence was observed at Warminster Town Football Club on Wednesday in tribute to former player Tim Greatley, who lost his courageous battle with leukaemia on Saturday.

Mr Greatley, 25, who grew up in Warminster, was diagnosed with the disease last May. He underwent a bone marrow transplant at the Royal Free Hospital in London in October but was told on February 8 that the disease was terminal and he could have just months to live.

He was taken to the Great Western Hospital in Swindon on Tuesday with breathing difficulties and died on Saturday, surrounded by his family.

Mum Fiona Blackwood, 46, of Fenway Park in Chippenham, and dad Rob said their son’s bravery was an inspiration and he would be missed by everybody who knew him, especially his daughters Emma, six, and Lily, four.

Mrs Blackwood said: “Tim was a very loving son and he is going to be so sadly missed. He put up a long, brave fight. I think many people would have given up long before him but it was his little girls that made him fight for his life.

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