Leeds Hospital Porter Raises £4,200 in Memory of Wife

20 December 2019

A hospital porter has presented a cheque for £4,200 to Yorkshire Cancer Research after walking from Leeds to Filey in memory of his wife.

Chris Hewitt, 60, organised the 86-mile walk to mark 16 years since the death of his first wife, Gill, who passed away from cancer. 

Chris’s wife Gill, who passed away 16 years ago from cancer.

Gill was treated at St James’s University Hospital, Leeds, where Chris now works as a porter. He set off from the hospital and was joined on parts of the walk by many of his colleagues.

Chris said: “I wanted to do something in memory of my wife and decided it would be lovely to raise the profile of the hospital and the cancer research that takes place here. I see the suffering cancer brings every day and raising money for Yorkshire Cancer Research seemed the logical thing to do.

Chris Hewitt, porter at St James’s University Hospital, Leeds, presents a cheque for £4,200 to Jess Harris-Edwards, Events Officer at Yorkshire Cancer Research. They are joined by Dr Yvette Oade, Chief Medical Officer (back row, second from left), Julian Hartley, Chief Executive (front row, right), and colleagues who supported Chris’s walk.

“My two children have both done the Great North Run for the charity. At my age my running days are long since gone but I work in one of the biggest teaching hospitals in Europe and I walk on average 12 to 15 miles a day. So I decided to walk from the hospital to Filey. I’ve got a caravan there and it’s a place my wife and I used to go to together.”

Chris began with a fundraising target of £2,000 and was overwhelmed when he more than doubled that amount. He’s now planning an even bigger challenge for 2020, which will involve cycling the length of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal – despite not getting on a bike since he was 12 years old - and then continuing to Filey on foot.

Chris added: “If I can do it once I can do it again only a lot bigger. I had so much support from the hospital. I really appreciate the help I’ve had from management and the Chief Executive. 

“Finishing on the last day and knowing I had actually done it was just magical. I really felt proud to know the money raised will make a difference.”

Juliet Glendinning, Director of Brand and Relationships at Yorkshire Cancer Research said: “We’d like to congratulate Chris on his incredible achievement and thank him and everyone who helped raise such a brilliant amount for Yorkshire Cancer Research. The money will help fund vital research and services to help people in Yorkshire avoid and survive cancer.”


About Yorkshire Cancer Research

•    Yorkshire Cancer Research was founded in 1925 and is the largest independent regional cancer charity in England (Registered Charity 516898). We are not part of a national charity. 
•    Current statistics show that 594 people are diagnosed with cancer in Yorkshire every week. 
•    Our mission is for 2,000 more people to survive cancer every year in Yorkshire. 
•    There are lots of cancer problems across the region that need to be tackled on a local level. We work in partnership with researchers, clinicians, the NHS, public health bodies and other charities to fund innovative work in four key areas: prevention, early diagnosis, treatment and clinical trials. 
•    For more information, please visit www.yorkshirecancerresearch.org.uk or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.


Nikki Brady, Senior PR Officer, Yorkshire Cancer Research. Tel: 01423 877228. Email: nikki@ycr.org.uk


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