Ill councillor is to stand down from office at election

Carol Williams
Carol Williams

A SERIOUSLY ill Thorne councillor who is battling liver cancer is to stand down from office.

Coun Carol Williams has been undergoing treatment including chemotherapy for several months and will not be contesting her Thorne seat on Doncaster Council in May.

The 58-year-old, a member of the Community Group, has been a councillor for 12 years.

Her husband and Community Group leader, Coun Martin Williams, said: “Carol was elected in 1999 and she has thrown herself into the job. She has tried to do the best she could for the people.

“She was diagnosed ten months ago with liver cancer. She has had chemotherapy and she has had marvellous treatment at Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

“She is at home but it is not looking brilliant.”

Coun Williams said that his wife had insisted that he carried on in his roles as both a borough and Thorne town councillor.

He added that former Thorne Grammar School headteacher and mayor of Thorne Tony Brookes was being lined up to contest the ward for the Community Group at May’s local elections.

Coun Williams said: “Sometimes life hits you hard but you have to keep going whatever is thrown at you and take it on the chin.

“It is business as usual and Carol wants me to carry on as both a town and district councillor.

“We are still here to serve the community, and we want to make it clear to anyone with any problems that we still welcome your calls

“We want to open and tell everyone what’s happening.”