Sam Gould – the well-known 33-year-old UKIP organiser who ran the 2015 General Election campaign in Cardiff South and Penarth has now published an on-line video to raise awareness of bowel cancer – a disease which he himself is battling.
Mr Gould also masterminded the party’s highly successful 2016 National Assembly election campaign – in which it won 7 seats and was a prominent figure in the successful Leave campaign in last year’s EU Referendum.
Mr Gould – a father of three who is former pupil of Evenlode Primary and Stanwell School in Penarth – famously stood-in for UKIP parliamentary candidate John Rees-Evans in a packed election hustings debate at All Saints Church Hall in 2015 whilst simultaneously looking after his toddler daughter.
He even stood up to address the audience with his little girl child playing happily in his arms as he spoke.
Mr Gould is currently a patient in the Royal Gwent Hospital at Newport where he has undergone major surgery after the cancer was found to have spread to his liver and lymph nodes.
Despite his treatment Mr Gould is continuing to campaign from his hospital bed. He’s standing as a council candidate for the St James Ward of Caerphilly.
Mr Gould has told Media Wales “Like most men I tend to discount concerns about my health, but I developed a lot of pain and was bleeding when I went to the toilet. I came to the conclusion that I could have bowel cancer”
Sam Gould’S video – made to raise awareness of Bowel cancer – is on Facebook – but can be viewed by pressing the arrow on the first frame above. Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in Wales affecting 2,000 people in Wales every year .
Mr Gould is highly critical of the Welsh Labour Government’s management of the NHS in Wales . He said “At first the health board thought I was too young and put me on a 30-day waiting list for a hospital appointment. It was only with the help of the charity Bowel Cancer UK that I was able to get a quicker appointment, which confirmed that I did indeed have cancer. If I had been forced to wait for 30 weeks before getting a hospital appointment, I would have died,” he said.
It’s not the first time the Welsh Labour-run NHS has let Mr Gould’s family down . His wife Caroline almost died after having to wait more than an hour for a critical ambulance transfer when she was pregnant with their first child. It was that experience that propelled him into politics – and made him determined to rid Wales of the Labour Party’s political stranglehold on the nation.