Mulbarton man’s tribute to his brother

An offshore engineer from Mulbarton has tackled one of Britain's highest mountains in memory of his brother.

Thirty-six-year-old Lee Bunting, who lost his brother Jonathan to cancer earlier this year, climbed up Snowdon to raise funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Lee's girlfriend Michelle Tottle, 32, and her aunt Anne Durston, 59, also took part in the poignant fundraiser and the trio hope to collect about �1,600 for the cancer charity.

Lee, who has two children, said: 'To honour John's memory and the courageous battle he fought as well as other family members who have lost a loved one, Michelle, Anne and I decided to raise money for Marie Curie who as one of their many functions they perform, assist terminally ill patients to have their last wish and pass away at home with their loved ones.'

Jonathan, who had battled cancer of the oesophagus and cancer of the liver, died at his home in Felixstowe in May aged just 26, and he left behind his girlfriend Alaina and their son Ethan.

'John had decided he wanted to pass away at home in his familiar surroundings alongside his loved ones and we were privileged to have those few extra hours and all be at his side,' Lee said.

He described his brother as a loveable rogue who was always smiling and said he was a good father to his one-year-old son Ethan.

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Lee, of Lark Rise, climbed Snowdon on October 2 with his girlfriend and her aunt because he wanted to do something positive to remember his brother.

'It was the first time we had ever done anything like this. We wanted to do something that would challenge us physically and mentally and that we could do to remember my brother. It was very important to me and I just wanted to do something to help other people.

'We completed the 'walk' with strong winds and fog but it was an amazing experience,' he said.

'There were times when we had to push through the pain barrier as cramp set in but we did it in a good time for the conditions. We took three hours 15 minutes going up and two hours 15 minutes going down.

'We would like to say a huge thanks to everyone that supported us and gave donations. You really made it worthwhile and we raised far more than we expected. Thank you.'

Jonathan's family have also set up the Jonathan Nathan Bunting Memorial Trust Fund to raise money for St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich and so far the trust fund has raised more than �250.

Next year Lee and Michelle, along with Lee's parents Tony and Sally Bunting, and his other brother Daniel and girlfriend Ellie Hibberd, plan to take part in the Ramshackle Rally and travel through Europe in an old banger to raise funds for the memorial trust fund and Marie Curie.

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