Daffs mark battles with cancer

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About 35 people planted daffodil bulbs in a special garden in memory of loved ones lost to cancer, or in celebration of someone who had survived the disease.

Cancer patient Kevin Farrell, of Bampton, attended the event at Friars Court, in Clanfield, to help plant 1,000 daffodil bulbs.

Mr Farrell and his wife Sheila planted a bulb in the Field of Hope as a tribute to Mr Farrell, who had bowel cancer two years ago and in memory of a special friend.

Mr Farrell, 72, said: "Our friend Ray Maughan, who also lived in Bampton, was a bus driver. He used to drive the number 19 bus in Bampton, but sadly died of bowel cancer a year ago."

Pam Speedie, from Stonesfield, planted four bulbs in memory of both her son and husband.

She lost her husband Robert and then her son Andrew, 47, to lung cancer in 2002. The 82-year-old said: "It's also for the Marie Curie Cancer Care nurses who were lovely when Andrew was dying."

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