Andrew Bunn from Brompton, Northallerton and his sons, Will 25, and Tom 22 have successfully climbed 17 Wainwright fells in 17 hours to thank the dedicated hospital staff that cared for wife and mum Debbie Bunn as she recovered from breast cancer.
Debbie 52, went for a routine mammogram in January this year and was called back to further tests, which confirmed she had breast cancer.
Now given a clean bill of health, Debbie was cared for at the Scott suite breast cancer unit at the Friarage Hospital which has been open for 17 years. The family thought tackling the 17 Wainwright fells in the Lake District would be a nice angle and a great opportunity to say thank you.
The intrepid trio and close family friend Jim O’Brien, managed to complete this mammoth challenge in 16 hours 58 minutes raising a fantastic £4,218.90 to help future patients at the suite at the Northallerton hospital. A big thank you goes to the generous people who sponsored them and everyone who helped for their support.
Andrew said: “As a family, we wanted to do something to say thank you to the staff, but also to raise awareness and highlight how important it is women attend for routine mammograms on time. If Debbie had waited for another six months her cancer would have been at the aggressive stage.
The family also wanted to thank the suite for the wonderful care Debbie received and the fantastic support specialist nurses in breast care – Judith Curtis and Louise Sadler – were to the extended family throughout the good times and bad.
Debbie said: “The support from the staff was second to none and I am very grateful. They didn’t just help to treat me, but their support actually helped to treat the whole family. It’s a comfortable place where no one judges you and everyone is treated as a person with individual needs.”
Judith Curtis said: “The generosity of local people and the support we receive from them never ceases to amaze me. We would like congratulate Andrew, Will and Tom on their achievement and say a big thank you for this wonderful donation. We are glad Debbie is keeping well and wish her all the best for the future.”