A West Norfolk man has walked 84 miles to help a West Norfolk unit which cared for his mum.
Shaun Hamer and his friend Charles Johnson did the three-day trek along the Norfolk Coastal Path and raised £1424 for the Breast Care Unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn.
They organised the challenge in honour of Shaun’s mother who sadly passed away due to breast cancer 25 years ago.
Shaun said, “I have always wanted to raise money for breast cancer as sadly my mother died from the disease 25 years ago, so as I’ve lived in King;s Lynn my whole life it went without saying that I’d raise money for the breast cancer ward in my hometown.
“I know some people who have fought and are fighting breast cancer and they have praised the staff on how wonderfully treated they were from all the committed, amazing staff that they have there that are helping to save lives every day.”
The money raised will make a real difference to patients receiving treatment via the unit. One of the charity’s ambitions is to fund a SCOUT localisation detector unit. SCOUT is a new device designed to locate the cancerous and abnormal tissue during surgery. As well as a smoother surgery process, SCOUT can also reduce the chances of a second surgery.
Amy Burger, Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon at the QEH said, “I’d like to express a huge thank you to Shaun and Charles for their tremendous fundraising achievement.
“All the money raised will go directly to benefit current and future patients being treated for breast cancer. We proactively use our charitable funds both to optimise the standard of care we can provide, such as funding innovative technologies, and to improve the patient experience throughout their cancer treatment. Again, thank you for your amazing effort.”
You can support Shaun and Charles in their fundraising efforts by visiting https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/shaun-charles-walk.