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[p]In 2019 Alun Williams and his South Wales Medical Team will walk from Maggie’s centre at Singleton Hospital in Swansea all the way to The Conference in Birmingham![/p][p][b]Why are we doing this?[/b] Simple, we want to show all the Staff of the NHS and the Charities that have supported our Colleague Kerry Jones through a life-threatening illness our gratitude. He is still here because of them, his positive mental attitude and his supportive Family![/p][p]Between the 28th of January to the 8th of February 2019 we will walk the 123 miles to the conference![/p][p][b][i]Wesleyan will be making a £2,500 donation to the Old Mill Foundation as they are not listed on Virgin Money.[/i][/b][/p][p][b]Kerry’s Story – Hospital Doctor Financial Consultant West Wales[/b][/p][p]At the end of 2017 Kerry was having a bit of back pain but was very much looking forward to a family Christmas break after a strong year. 2018 looked exciting as it entailed a trip to Australia to support his daughter Ellena swimming for Wales in the Commonwealth games.[/p][p]Unfortunately for Kerry things didn’t work out as he would have liked and the unthinkable happened.[/p][p]He collapsed and was rushed into hospital, where they discovered that he had a very rare and aggressive tumour that was restricting access to his kidney.[/p][p]The dream trip to Gold Coast was off…replaced by three months of extremely aggressive chemotherapy which successfully shrunk the tumour, but unfortunately didn’t eradicate it![/p][p]This meant that in the summer of this year he went through a hugely invasive 10-hour operation to remove the offending tumour.[/p][p]Due to the professionalism and wonderful support of all the NHS staff and ground-breaking pain relief procedures, the operation was successful and just 2 months later Kerry was given the all clear.[/p][p]As a result of this, as a team, we asked Kerry to choose two Charities that he found most useful during this very trying time.[/p][p]He chose Maggie’s as they were instrumental in coaching and counselling his children through a very difficult period for them. Ellena for obvious reasons was extremely concerned about leaving her dad in this predicament, they helped her make the right decision and she went on to reach 3 Finals in Australia, which was beyond her wildest dreams…..Incredibly Ellena also achieved a 1st in her degree during this period and Kerry’s son Lewis passed his A levels with superb grades ….amazing children, supported by an amazing charity….we will start the walk from Maggie’s in Swansea.[/p][p]Secondly, he chose The Old Mill Foundation in Penclawdd – This non-funded Charity has helped Kerry on his road to recovery. He will be treated by them for many years to come. They help him and his family both physiologically, but also physically providing care and treatments to aid Kerry’s development to full fitness helping him overcome the invasiveness of the operation and helping him cure the affects that the aggressive chemotherapy had on his body. [/p][p]These are two extremely deserving Charities that we will support alongside Wesleyan’s chosen Charity.[/p][p][b][i]Wesleyan will be making a £2,500 donation to the Old Mill Foundation as they are not listed on Virgin Money.[/i][/b][/p]