Cancer sufferer, family and friends to aid Bradford Marie Curie hospice (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Cancer sufferer, family and friends to aid Bradford Marie Curie hospice
A terminally-ill Bradford man has big fundraising plans for the city’s Marie Curie Hospice where he is receiving treatment.
Jeff Nunney, 50, of Otley Road, has already raised more than £400 with sponsors for challenges his family and friends will be completing.
Mr Nunney is suffering from cancer and first went into the hospice in Maudsley Street, Bradford, in January as a trauma patient for 16 days.
One of the challenges will be taken on by his close friend John Wilcox, who is parting with his much loved locks of hair to raise money for the charity and is aiming for about £1,000 in sponsorship. He has raised more than £400.
Also Gemma Carr, Mr Nunney’s niece, has rallied friends round to take the plunge with a skydive later this year.
Mr Nunney said: “I have never been into charities, I’m a really down-to-earth person, but I was on my last legs a few months ago and was only given three days to live and I’m still here. The treatment they do is unbelievable.
“I used to be a taker. I was never really a giving person like members of my family and friends but I want to give something back now. I love life and just want to be around longer to see my grandchildren grow up.”
He has also been making the rounds with his parking meter money box.
The hospice provides end-of-life care to terminally-ill patients and support for their families free of charge. It relies on the community as it costs more than £3.3 million per year to run.
Mr Nunney added: “I never knew a place like this existed. The favourite word here is ‘yes’ – there’s not such a word as ‘no’. From cleaners to doctors, everyone has helped whenever I have asked for anything.
“Nothing is too much trouble – when I was too ill to go to my son’s boxing tournament, the nurses set up a DVD player with the video of the tournament and 16 of my friends and family came to watch it with me.”
Rebecca Ross, of the hospice, said: “The passion and determination with which Jeff and his friends and family have supported the hospice is wonderful. We’re so grateful for their fundraising efforts, which will make a real difference here in Bradford.”