Pensioner to walk 232 miles for Sheffield hospital

Paul Jarvis and Jackie Payne

Paul Jarvis and Jackie Payne

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A fundraiser aged 73 is donning his walking boots tomorrow for the start of a 232 mile walk for a Sheffield hospital.

Retired Rotherham vet Paul Jarvis is taking on the Cape Wrath Trail in Scotland to raise money for Weston Park Hospital as a thank you for life saving treatment he received there.

The walk will take him over remote parts of the highlands and is expected to take 21 days to complete.

Paul was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2012 and underwent radiotherapy at Weston Park Hospital.

He said despite the gruelling treatment he managed a walk every single day.

Paul will be completing his fundraising challenge with walking Jackie Payne.

The pair will have to wild camp in tents they will have to carry on 18 of the 21 nights they are out.

Paul said: “I have huge gratitude to Weston Park Hospital for offering their kindness and expertise during my cancer treatment.

“This trail will not only be a personal challenge, but a chance for me to raise money for this vital facility which provides an excellent service for cancer patients across our region.”

Weston Park Hospital is home to the only radiotherapy department in South Yorkshire.

It needs to raise over £1.8 million this year to fund new projects to keep Weston Park Hospital at the forefront of cancer treatment.

Charity fundraiser, Lucy King said: “Paul is a true inspiration and an example of how people can really push their selves to help make a big difference to those receiving cancer treatments at Weston Park Hospital.

“We are incredibly grateful to Paul and his walking

partner, Jackie, for taking on such a challenging route to help raise funds.”

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