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Diss charity wrestling show supports brave tumour battler David Bloomfield

Vivienne Chapman and Colin Bennett, both head injury victims, helped to plant flowers at Victoria Park, Portsmouth with the Headway Group on October 14 1994 PP3438

Vivienne Chapman and Colin Bennett, both head injury victims, helped to plant flowers at Victoria Park, Portsmouth with the Headway Group on October 14 1994 PP3438

A professional wrestler has vowed to put on a charity show every few months until his friend, former Diss resident David Bloomfield, makes a recovery from an operation to remove a brain tumour.

Last Friday hundreds packed into the sports hall at Diss High School for a night of grappling action by the World Association Wrestling (WAW) with all proceeds going to the David Bloomfield charity fund.

Roy Knight, a friend of Mr Bloomfield and who organised the show, told of a good crowd watching wrestlers who offered their services for free on the night.

In total more than £2,500 was raised through tickets, an auction and donations.

“I was playing football the other week and someone told me about the situation that David is in, which I didn’t know about,” said Mr Knight.

“I went home and stayed up all night. I rung my dad (Ricky Knight, WAW owner) in the morning and thought ‘right, I am going to put on a show’.

“It has been successful. It was a sellout, we’ve raised loads of money and I’m really proud.

“Hopefully David is in recovery and hopefully will get better. I will keep putting on shows every three or four months now until he does get better because he is a lovely guy and a true friend.”

David’s wife, Toni, said she felt ‘overwhelmed’ and ‘honoured’ by the continuing support they had received.

“We are just so happy with everything. I feel so lucky that David is my husband and honoured by how much he is loved by everyone,” she said.

“I just feel so overwhelmed. We want to say a massive thank you to everyone who has lent their support.”

The money raised at the charity show will go towards funding David’s private treatment for his eyes.

 

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