Man’s year long charity effort in memory of brave mum who died of cancer

Simon McKinna who is hoping to raise £12,121.2 for charity in memory of his mum who died of cancer. Pictured with his mum Marcia (left) and sister Samantha (right) Simon McKinna who is hoping to raise £12,121.2 for charity in memory of his mum who died of cancer. Pictured with his mum Marcia (left) and sister Samantha (right)

Amy Smith amy.smith@archant.co.uk
Friday, May 16, 2014
9:51 AM

A Norfolk man has pledged to raise £12,121.20 on a year-long fundraiser in memory of his courageous mother who lost her battle with cancer on 12/12/12.

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Simon McKinna who is hoping to raise £12,121.2 in memory of his mum who died of cancer. Pictured in his Sydney the dog outfitSimon McKinna who is hoping to raise £12,121.2 in memory of his mum who died of cancer. Pictured in his Sydney the dog outfit

Simon McKinna, of Aylsham, has already raised more than £3,000 and is calling on people to sign up for his next fundraising venture where he hopes to break the Guinness World Record for the most number of tandem skydives in 24 hours at Beccles Airfield.

Mr McKinna’s mum, Marcia, was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009, and passed away three years later at the age of 65 after the cancer spread to her throat. She ran the airfield at Ellough with her husband Rainer Forster. Mr McKinna is fundraising for Medical Detection Dogs – a charity which trains dogs to detect the odour of human diseases, including cancer.

He said: “It was a charity my mum and I had spoken about because their work is pretty astonishing and my mum was very interested in it.

“When my mum was diagnosed they tried every different type of treatment out there including a ground-breaking treatment called photodynamic therapy which she had to travel down to London for.

“It was a very tough time for mum and the family but she always had a smile on her face.”

Mr McKinna has already held a white collar boxing match in Norwich which raised £1,000, as well as receiving two £500 donations from friends who gave up alcohol for a month and ran the London Marathon.

He has also taken part in the 5km park run at Blicking Hall and the Bungay Half Marathon, both of which he completed dressed as a giant dog. The dog suit, which has been nicknamed Sydney – one of his mother’s middle names – will also be making an appearance when he completes two treadmill runs at Tesco in Sprowston and in Norwich.

The skydive fundraiser is being staged on June 20, and Mr McKinna needs to get 252 people to sign up in order to beat the current record.

Jumpers will be falling from 15,000 feet and need to raise £280 each to cover the cost of the skydive and a donation.

The next fundraiser will be will be the Med Dog Rock night at EPIC Studios in Norwich on July 19, with music from five bands and three comedians. The fundraising will then be rounded off in September with an autumn black tie ball at Sprowston Mannor. For more information about all the fundraisers visit www.mckinna.co.uk, or to take part in the skydive can call Mr McKinna on 07906207524 or UK Parachuting on 01502 476131.

Are you raising money for charity? Email amy.smith@archant.co.uk

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