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Tragic Scot crowdfunding for his wedding – and funeral “three weeks later”

A TRAGIC Scot is crowdfunding for his wedding – and his own funeral, which doctors believe will be just three weeks later.

Duncan McGunnigle was given six weeks to live after battling skin cancer for five years.

The 51-year-old grandfather of three has been with his partner for 25 years and the couple are due to tie the knot on April 6.

Duncan with his Great Nephew Jaxon

But as well as asking for financial support for his wedding to Fiona Conacher, 49, the former industrial door engineer is raising cash towards the cost of his own funeral, which is currently predicted to be at the end of the same month.

Duncan, from Paisley, Renfrewshire, was given the devastating news a week ago that he had little over a month to live.

A friend suggested that Duncan appeal to the public for financial help with the cost of both of the rites ahead of him,

His Crowdfunding page states: “We?re raising £3,500 to to help Dougie for his wedding to his partner of 25 years and his funeral.

“He has fought cancer and has lost his battle, he has weeks left.”

The page adds: “He was due to get married in the coming few months and was looking to save up for the wedding and funeral but with the latest developments he now requires our help.

“We would like your help to start fundraising to give Duncan the best wedding possible after all a dying man should be granted his last wish.

Duncan with his family at his niece’s wedding. Pictured beside the bride holding 10-year-old Shayne. His fiancee Fiona is on the right.

“Please help us complete his wish for the gentleman that is Dougie.”

Speaking today, Duncan said: “I don’t even know what the cost of a funeral is, I’ve never had to organise one.

“We haven’t planned it but I know it will be expensive and there will be upfront costs that I wanted to be able to help with.”

He added: “We’ll use the money for little bits for the wedding too and they were talking about trying to get us away somewhere afterwards, but I can’t go abroad or anything.

“We were going to get married in May but we had to bring it forward. Fiona has already got her dress and she is doing most of the organising.

“We have been together for 25 years but we just never got round to doing it before now.

“Everyone is getting quite excited about the wedding and it’s giving me something to keep my mind on.”

Duncan said doctors had identified nine separate tumours in his body, two of them in his head.

“We asked how long it would be in June and the doctor gave me about two years, but I was on immunotherapy before christmas and the cancer got quite aggravated.

“About a week ago they told me there wasn’t much more they could do. I’m on morphine and steroids just now to keep the pain away and I’m just taking everyday is it comes because you don’t know if it will come.”

“I need to try to be strong for the rest of the family.

“I was at the doctors and I’ve filled out a do not resuscitate form now because I don’t see the point, I just have to face the facts now.”

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