Ken raises money for radiotherapy unit
Retired bank manager Ken Hewitt (75) of St Lawrence, Jersey, has walked 96 miles from Milngavie (north of Glasgow) to Fort Williams. He completed this challenge over eight days, with daily walks of around 14 miles.
In 2015 Ken was diagnosed with prostate cancer, and as there are no facilities for treatment in Jersey. He spent seven weeks in Southampton General Hospital, undergoing 37 sessions of radiotherapy.
Our oncology unit is one of only 12 regional cancer centres in the UK, serving a population of around 1.7 million people.
Ken comments: “I am pleased to say that the treatment proved successful and I would like to thank the management and staff of the Radiotherapy Department for their dedication, understanding and cheerful demeanour in what must be a trying, and at times, stressful occupation.”
“I am now raising funds for the Southampton Hospital Charity Radiotherapy Development Fund to fund new equipment and to improve techniques and is hoping that others who have benefitted from the unit, will support me in my efforts.”
“Over the years the department has treated hundreds of Channel Islanders due to the lack of specialised facilities in both Jersey and Guernsey, and this is likely to remain the case for years to come.”
Ken’s original target had been £1,000, but has already surpassed this by totalling £3,400 in sponsorship.