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£5,000 boost for bowel cancer patients at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital

27 August

A patient who was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2016 has now raised an impressive £5,000 to help support others living with the condition.

Paul Jenkins, 56, a keen sea kayaker, took on a number of kayaking challenges – including kayaking from Swanage to the Needles on the Isle of Wight, as well as trips along the Jurassic Coast and circumnavigating Portland – and smashed his fundraising target.

Paul only discovered he had bowel cancer after visiting his local GP following a dull ache under his ribs accompanied by unexplained weight loss. He was referred to the Royal Bournemouth Hospital for further checks. Following treatment to remove a tumour, Paul was determined to give something back to the fantastic medical teams on Ward 16 who cared for him.

Paul said: “The professionalism and dedication of NHS staff is unwavering despite all the challenges they continually have to face. I would like to say a big thank you to my family and friends and all those over the last 12 months who similarly supported and helped me reach my fundraising target. Your kind support will help enhance and improve patient care and comfort and provide the best equipment and resources available for patients on Ward 16 diagnosed with bowel cancer.”

Bournemouth Hospital Charity Fundraiser, David James, said: “We are so grateful to Paul for his fantastic fundraising efforts. It’s only with generous donations such as this that we can provide the extra care and support we would expect for our own families. The charity pays for the little and big extras which are not funded by the NHS.”

Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK with nearly 42,000 people being diagnosed with the disease every year. It is the second biggest cancer killer in the UK with more than 16,000 people dying from the disease every year. Bowel cancer can affect anyone of any age, with more than 2,500 new cases diagnosed each year in people under the age of 50. Further information on bowel cancer can be found on the NHS website at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/bowel-cancer/

To find out how you can support patients and staff at the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch hospitals, go to www.BHCharity.org or call our Charity Office on 01202 704060.

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