Caption: Tea for three! David Sainty at Mascott's Farm with two of his four grandchildren - Hannah Cant, 23 (dark top) and Rachel Cant, 21.
6 September 2013
A retired postman who was diagnosed with cancer for the second time in May has come up with a novel way to support the hospitals which have cared for him.
David Sainty is inviting people attending the pick your own (PYO) plum orchard at Mascott's Farm, School Road, Copford, to donate £1 to charity in exchange for a cup of tea and one of his home-made buns.
He is donating the money to the Prostate Cancer Urology Fund of Colchester Hospitals Charity (CoHoC).
David, 76, of Keable Road, Marks Tey, underwent radiotherapy at Essex County Hospital after being diagnosed with prostate cancer in August 2009.
In May, he was diagnosed with bowel cancer, and had surgery at Colchester General Hospital last week. His wife, Doreen, died as a result of cancer in September 2010.
David manages the PYO plum orchard at Mascott's Farm where people can pick victoria plums, damson plums and Marjorie's seedlings.
"We opened for the season on Monday and we've already had a good response to our appeal for donations," he said.
"Some people have given money without even having a tea and bun, commenting that they've had a loved one with prostate cancer.
"I've supported prostate cancer charities in the past and I thought supporting prostate cancer patients at the local hospitals in this way would be a bit different."
Mascott's Farm has about 350 plum trees and is open from 10am to 4pm, seven days a week. David estimates the plum picking season will last about four weeks. Pickers can also buy apples and honey.
Caroline Bates, Fundraising Manager for CoHoC, said: "This is the first time I've heard of PYO for charity! I'd like to thank David for his support and wish him all the best with his unusual fundraising venture."