A CANCER sufferer from Wool and his wife will be the guests of honour at a fundraising day later this month.

Kevin and Angela Batch’s world fell apart in January when doctors told the 58-year-old that he was suffering from an incurable cancer.

But Kevin’s positive attitude since has touched many, so much so that Cancer Research UK has asked the couple to join them at Bovington’s Tank Museum on October 24.

That attitude was typified when he first got the news. Kevin, Angela and friends went for a curry.

He said: “What was the point of getting upset? It was the only way I could deal with the situation at the time.”

The couple, who have been married for 35 years, were told Kevin had a brain tumour after he collapsed while washing up. He was operated on, but it was impossible to remove all of the aggressive cancer. The event in October will be particularly close to home for the couple – Kevin was a radio technician for Vosper Thornycroft at Bovington, while Angela is HR and accounts manager at the Tank Museum.

Kevin said: “I am not the sort of person who asks ‘why me?’ There are two ways of handling this. I could say ‘what is the point of going on?’, or I can get on with life and enjoy the time I have left.

“That is what I have decided to do. I have been told I have 12-14 months from February 2009.”

Angela said: “It amazes me – and everyone who knows Kevin – how upbeat he is.

“He has always been positive and laid-back and that helps me enormously now.”