Paul and Mandy Payne to take on the Great Wall of China!

Paul and Mandy Payne are set to take on a Great Wall of China trek in aid of the Royal Bournemouth Hospital Jigsaw unit.

Local couple, Paul and Mandy Payne have decided to take part in a Great Wall of China trek for Bournemouth Hospital Charity this October. It is their aim to raise between £6,000-£7,000 for the Jigsaw unit at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital, following Paul’s treatment and care in the unit.

In early 2017, Paul was found to have a cancerous tumor in his large bowel. After surgeons successfully removed the tumor, he and Mandy discovered that the cancer had broken through to his lymphatic system and spread to his liver – a stage 4 diagnosis.   

Following a two three-month course of chemotherapy and some further complications, Paul underwent a liver resection operation. After two more surgeries and almost two years on from his original diagnosis, Paul has been told that his recent scans show no sign of cancer and that Paul is in remission.

Mandy, who had been at Paul’s side through the entire journey, is so grateful for the care and support that Paul received,

“We were so lucky to have been looked after by the wonderful staff at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital. From day one we were dealt with in an informed, considerate and respectful way by the fabulous colorectal team at the hospital, who to this day keep up the wonderful support Paul has received.”

“We both feel very lucky that we have been given hope and another chance, but know only too well that many do not get that opportunity. So it is important to us to show our eternal gratitude by giving something back to the hospital and people that have helped us, so that many others can benefit as we did.”

Karen Smith, Senior Events and Challenges Fundraiser for Bournemouth Hospital Charity, explains that the trek is no easy task,

“This challenge is an incredible once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It will really test Paul and Mandy’s fitness and determination. The Great Wall of China trek takes place over ten days in October, where Paul, Mandy and their team will be walking for an average of six hours a day throughout the steep terrain of remote areas north of Beijing, living with only basic amenities. We are so grateful that people like Paul and Mandy have chosen to share their story and take on a challenge like this to thank our great hospital.”

If you want to support Paul and Mandy and follow their training and progress, head to Facebook and search ‘TrekChina Monologues’.

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