A NEILSTON man who beat cancer as a teenager is coining in cash to help other youngsters facing a tough time in hospital.

David Finnigan, 43, is to stage a fundraising event 30 years on from his diagnosis with a type of bone cancer called osteogenic sarcoma.

The talented DJ will entertain guests at Crofthead Bowling Club, with the proceeds being used to support young patients at Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH).

As a teenager, David underwent a pioneering operation in Birmingham to save his leg and was in and out of hospital for several years, spending a great deal of time in the Schiehallion Ward at the old Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Yorkhill.

The unit is now based at the QEUH and he is keen to raise as much money as possible to buy toys and computers that can help to keep young minds busy during a hospital stay.

Dad-of-two David told the Barrhead News: “The nurses and other staff who looked after me were top notch. The thing that helped massively was all the play-leaders occupying me with stuff to take my mind off things.

“I was in isolation and it was very hard to be a teenager in a room by yourself for 10 days, with no-one allowed in and no-one allowed out.

“I’ve been up to the ward [at the QEUH] to speak to the play-leader and ask what kind of stuff they need, that is going to be used and make a bit of a difference.”

A total of 120 people are set to attend the fundraising event, which takes place on Saturday, May 28, with tickets selling out within a day of going on sale.

Former Amp and Decks DJ Steven McAllister will be coming out of retirement to spin some tunes and David plans to DJ the last hour himself.

Up-and-coming Neilston band Balado, featuring his cousin Jamie Finnigan, will also perform.

David, whose son Aidan plays football for Arthurlie, said: “Steve is a really good DJ and, as soon as I asked Jamie if the band would be interested in doing a gig, they were all over it. They have been absolutely superb.

“I just want to thank everybody for really getting on top of it because, if it wasn’t for everyone else, this would be a damp squib.”

Anyone who would like to donate a raffle prize for the fundraising night should send an email to davidfinnigan38@icloud.com.