Published: 14:32, 12 October 2020
| Updated: 16:27, 12 October 2020
The Wanted star Tom Parker has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.
The 32-year-old, who is a patron of the Gravesend hospice charity ellenor, announced the news via Instagram earlier today.
He described how he was "still in shock" after being told he had a stage four glioblastoma six weeks ago, and is now undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
In a joint statement with his wife, actor Kelsey Hardwick, he said: "There's no easy way to say this but I've sadly been diagnosed with a brain tumour and I'm already undergoing treatment.
"We are all absolutely devastated but we are gonna fight this all the way.
"We don't want your sadness, we just want love and positivity and together we will raise awareness of this terrible disease and look for all available treatment options."
Life expectancy on average for stage four glioblastoma ranges from three months to 18 months after diagnosis.
They have been particularly keen supporters of the children's services.
On the hospice website, Tom says he is "proud to get behind a charity which does so much for families facing terminal illness."
He has met with some of the children ellenor supports, including at the children’s Christmas party, and has started and walked in the charity’s flagship Twilight Walk twice.
Ellenor's children’s hospice care is provided in the comfort of the family home and spans across north and west Kent and Bexley. Adults living in Gravesham, Dartford and Swanley can receive care either in their own home, at the hospice in Northfleet or a local care home.
ellenor chief executive VikkiHarding said: “Tom our thoughts are with you. You are a great supporter and contributor to our cause.We are very sorry to hear of thedifficult times you are going through and our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. From everyone at ellenor."