Stable staff at a Newmarket yard have raised more than £1000 to help one of their colleagues who has been diagnosed with a brain tumour.
Thirty-four-year-old Nelson Fernandes had worked for trainer Stuart Williams at Diomed Stables in Hamilton Road for nearly 10 years but in May of this year after undergoing emergency surgery at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, he was told the tumour was terminal.
When staff at the yard found out they were determined to raise money to give Nelson, who lives in Exning Road, the chance to take some family outings with his wife Monica, and their five-year-old son Edward.
“We were all devasted when we found out about the tumour,” said trainer’s Kirsty Wiilams, who has been with the family to all Nelson’s hospital appointments.
“Nelson had been here for so long and knew the job inside out. He had complained of headaches but it wasn’t until he went home to see his family in India that he found out what was wrong.
“When he came back he was waiting for an MRI scan at Addenbrooke’s when he had a major seizure and was rushed in for emergency surgery and doctors realised how aggressive the tumour was.
“The lads in the yard were determined to help and organised a fund raiser for Nelson at the Astley Club which gave the facilities free of charge and we had a raffle the prizes for which were all donated,” said Mrs Williams.
“A misunderstanding on the night meant we had no buffet, but the manager at Domino’s gave us 10 large pizzas for a considerable discounted price which was so generous.”
Nelson’s wife Monica said she was very grateful for all the efforts on Nelson’s behalf.
“We are doing ok at the moment,” she said.