Sunday 15 September 2019

'It'll be the last time but hopefully the most memorable' - terminally ill mother's 'dream come true' to see Take That

Tina Potts (40), from Newtownmountkennedy in Co Wicklow, with her husband Johnny Harris
Tina Potts (40), from Newtownmountkennedy in Co Wicklow, with her husband Johnny Harris

Sarah Slater

A terminally ill mother-of-two who has been a life-long Take That fan has had her dream come true to see them play live for one last time.

Tina Potts (40), from Newtownmountkennedy in Co Wicklow, has been given a 30pc chance of living until Christmas as she is bravely fighting ovarian cancer.

Ms Potts, who is now confined to a wheelchair because of her crippling illness, had bought standing tickets for next week’s Take That concert prior to becoming unwell, but found out that the disability section in the 3Arena was full.

Thanks to her friend Laura Ryan, whom she met while standing in a queue to see them on RTÉ’s Late Late Show decades ago, her devastation about not being able to go has turned to utter excitement.

Tina Potts was diagnosed in December 2017
Tina Potts was diagnosed in December 2017

Ms Ryan launched a Twitter campaign in a bid to raise awareness to what was happening to her friend in the hope that the band members, their management or officials from the 3Arena would step in to help.

While Ms Potts herself had previously tweeted: “Please, please can you guys help me meet Take That. I’m out of time to make this childhood dream happen as ovarian cancer sucks.”

Her husband Johnny Harris has also taken up her plea and explained: “My wife has tickets to both Dublin gigs but is now in a wheelchair with terminal ovarian cancer and can’t change (her standing) tickets to disability section as they’re full. She’s a huge fan.”

Cancer awareness advocate Vicky Phelan also rowed in to help calling on concert and venue management to help.

The 40-year-old’s cancer was diagnosed at a late stage due to suffering symptoms, which included fatigue, bloating, bowel changes and a build-up of fluid in her abdomen.

Ms Potts was diagnosed in December 2017 after being rushed to A&E with severe stomach pains. While there she was told by doctors she had the late stages of the disease which was resistant to chemotherapy.

Ms Potts is currently in hospital undergoing chemotherapy and has been quite ill as a result.

However, a member of promotion company MCD saw their plight and offered to change their tickets.

A delighted Ms Ryan explained; “MCD emailed me after someone working with them saw the Twitter campaign to help her. Now they are swapping her standing tickets for wheelchair accessible ones and put her on their guest list. I’m so happy for Tina.”

Her husband Johnny Harris added: "I’m delighted (with the news). It’ll be the last time she gets to see them but hopefully it’ll be the most memorable. Thank you (all) so so much (for your help).”

The Wicklow woman had been promising her now husband for 13 years she would marry him and they did on Daffodil Day last month, after learning of her devastating diagnosis.

Due to phenomenal demand, a second date was added to Take That’s performance at the 3Arena. The band are playing on Monday and Tuesday, April 29 and 30 as part of their Greatest Hits Live tour.

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