An ‘overwhelmed’ wife has told of her pride of her ‘fighter’ husband as he battles back from a brain operation - weeks ahead of a wrestling show aiming to raise proceeds for his cause.
The stars of the Norwich-based World Association of Wrestling (WAW), this year celebrating their 20th anniversary, will perform at Diss High School’s sports hall on June 6, with all proceeds from the event going to the Bloomfield Charity Fund.
Thirty-two-year-old David Bloomfield, who lived in the town until he was 24 before moving to Norwich, with his wife Toni and daughters, Coco, 2, and Kiki, 4 months, is recovering from an operation where a tumour was removed from his brain.
After collapsing on numerous occasions, and suffering from dizziness and headaches, Mr Bloomfield finally got an MRI scan after almost eight months of waiting in October 2013. Initially it was a positive prognosis, with Mr Bloomfield being told he could be back to work in January.
However, the tumour proved to be cancerous one, a high ‘Grade IV’.
Mr Bloomfield, who was also left partially paralysed down his left side, is now battling back - having to learn how to eat, walk and talk again. Despite completing radiotherapy, he still requires intense rehab.
Mrs Bloomfield, who was a part-time beauty therapist before taking care of her husband, told the Diss Express: “He is a fighter. I say to him he has got a lot to fight for.
“We make sure we do something every day with the girls. Whether it is just going to the park or playing games in the garden.”
The idea of the show came about through wrestler Roy Bevis, also known as Roy Knight and also as the Zebra Kid. He is a good friend of Mr Bloomfield.
“I heard about it though one of David’s friends and he basically said that Roy really wanted to do something for David and wanted our blessing,” said Mrs Bloomfield.
“We are both quite proud - we don’t like to take charity. I have just been overwhelmed by the time and thought, and how much David is loved by everybody. It overwhelms me and makes me proud that he is my husband.
“Our gratitude goes to everyone that has organised the event - we’ll never be able to thank you enough.”
Mrs Bloomfield said the money will help to pay for private therapy.
Former Diss High pupil and current Pulham Market resident, 22-year-old Scott Partridge, will also be making his professional wrestling debut at the event.
Wrestling under the name Harlan Kennedy Jr, he will take on Axl Lynch.
Partridge said: “He (Roy) knew David growing up and became good friends, and David used to come up to watch the shows. When Roy found out about his condition he wanted to do something to help out. He wanted to put on a special show for him.”
Looking ahead to his debut, he added: “Doing it in front of your home crowd is an amazing feeling. I am excited about it but I am nervous as well.”
The main event will see The Hooligans, Zak and Roy Knight, and their father ‘Rowdy’ Ricky Knight, stars of Channel 4 show The Wrestlers: Fighting with My Family, take on King Kendo, Joey Ozbourne and Alex Young in six-man tag-team action.
Other matches are to be confirmed. Ticket are priced £10 for adults and £5 for children. Doors open at 6.45pm for a 7.30pm start. For tickets call 01603 920636 or 07817 649519.
For more information on WAW, visit www.wawuk.co.uk