Rotary club president prepares to step out on major charity walk
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The president of one of Lowestoft's rotary clubs is embarking on a major charity challenge next month.
Paul Wilkinson – the former deputy head of Denes High School, now Ormiston Denes Academy – is currently President of the Rotary Club of Lowestoft East Point.
And between April 8 and April 12 he is aiming to raise much-needed funds for two facilities – by stepping out on a sponsored walk across England from coast to coast.
The keen Leicester City supporter will be walking the entire length of Hadrian's Wall to raise funds to be shared equally between the Sandra Chapman and Louise Hamilton Centres at the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston.
Mr Wilkinson's efforts to complete the walk, which is somewhere between 83 and 89 miles, go back to the late 1990s when his first wife Sue was diagnosed with breast cancer and treated at the Sandra Chapman Centre. Sue was given the all clear in 1998 but the cancer returned in late 1999 and she died in May 2000 aged 45. Coincidentally, just five months earlier, Paul's mother died of the same disease.
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The treatment and care which Sue received and the support Paul and his two sons received, was excellent. The Sandra Chapman Centre is a haematology and oncology unit where 50 to 60 people every day receive treatments. The later addition of the Louise Hamilton Centre has focussed on providing care and information services for anyone living with or affected by cancer or motor neurone disease, plus a range of other services.
Mr Wilkinson said: 'I believe we are very fortunate to have these two specialist facilities available in our area and I hope that people throughout the area who have benefitted in some way from these centres of excellence will support my efforts and sponsor me to raise much needed funds for the two facilities.'
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Mr Wilkinson is being supported by the members of the Rotary Club of Lowestoft East Point who have already raised funds through a quiz and a raffle. He will be joined on the walk by family members and Rotarians.
To sponsor him visit www.mydonate.bt.com/events/paulwilkinson/406190 or visit the Rotary Club of Lowestoft East Point website and use the My Donate link.