Eve Scholefield, of Cawthorne, has worked at Cannon Hall Farm’s White Bull restaurant in a front of house position for two years.
The 17-year-old works alongside chef Tim Bilton and said all the staff there are like ‘one big family’. But after hearing Tim’s cancer has returned for the third time and that it is incurable and terminal, Eve said she ‘had to do something’.
“When we heard about his more recent diagnosis I wanted to do something to help, anything to help,” said Eve.
A GoFundMe page by Tim’s friend Laura Holliday was set up to raise funds for Tim and his family to make memories, go on holiday together and to also help them afford the extra costs of cancer treatment.
This is the third time that Tim’s cancer has returned. He was first diagnosed with cancer in 2003, just months before he and his wife, Adele, opened their first restaurant. He discovered he had three tumours in his left eye and over the course of two years Tim underwent surgery and chemotherapy to help remove the tumours.
However, in August 2015, Tim found a lump on his face and learned that his cancer had returned. After having his saliva glands and lymph nodes removed he had a gruelling round of radiotherapy five-days-a-week for seven weeks.
Tim’s cancer unfortunately returned for a third time in January this year after he began experiencing pain in his left knee. He found that he had melanoma in his knee and kidney and is currently undergoing dual immunotherapy two drugs administered at once to help combat this. Despite his terminal diagnosis, Tim has not given up his work as head chef at the popular White Bull restaurant at the farm.
To help add to the fundraiser set up by Tim’s friends, Eve, who goes to Barnsley College, said she decided to take on the Birmingham Half Marathon on Sunday, October 13 to help raise as much as she can.
“I know Tim has two young children so I thought this would be a good idea to fundraise,” said Eve.
“Tim is the most welcoming person, even going straight into there, I know it sounds silly but you feel almost like family. It was just awful to hear the news. Running is a hobby which I enjoy doing so I thought that doing the half marathon would be good.”
Eve has set a target of £1,000 on her GoFundMe page but said she hopes to top that amount.
To donate to Eve’s fundraiser, click here.