Belvoir Walk At Home 2020

This year, we are celebrating the 15th Anniversary of the charity’s Belvoir Forest Walk and although we are not able to hold it as a public walk this year, we are inviting you to join us and do the Belvoir Walk At Home on Saturday 6th June.

By signing up to take part and raising sponsorship, you can help us continue the success of the event which has raised over ten of thousands of pounds over the years, helping support thousands of local people, like Norman Sleator.

Norman, aged 65 from Newtownbreda, was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2019 and following months of treatment, he is feeling well and we're delighted he is helping launch the walk and will be taking part himself on Saturday 6th June 2020.

At the end of January of 2019 a Bowel Cancer Screening Kit arrived in the post. Those of us between the ages of 60 and 74 ought to be familiar with these tests, but so often they are thrown out, or placed behind the clock and forgotten about. Please do not ignore these tests !

I’d had clear results from the test on two previous occasions, so wasn’t worried about sending my samples this time. So, it was with some surprise when I was asked to repeat the test. This second test confirmed the presence of blood in my stools and honestly, at that time I wasn't aware of there being a potential problem as I didn’t have any symptoms. However, a colonoscopy revealed the presence of a sizeable growth in my large intestine or bowel which needed to be surgically removed. Thankfully, a CT scan revealed nothing sinister elsewhere in my body.”

Going into hospital was an anxious time for Norman, but everyone he met helped him feel more comfortable and reassured:

From the first interaction with the staff at Belfast City Hospital, I was put at ease. I had my surgery on 10th May and had to stay in hospital a little longer than expected, due to an infection. While I was there, everyone I met – the surgeon, specialist nurses and reception staff were not only professional in carrying out their tasks but were so very kind in how they engaged with me.

I won't forget receiving the results of the biopsy carried out after my operation, when my surgeon confirmed that a malignant tumour had been removed and that a course of preventative chemotherapy would be required. After a few weeks of recovery at home I met my oncologist and a specialist nurse in the Belvoir Park Suite in the Cancer Centre. This meeting left me thinking that, whilst I wouldn't wish for chemotherapy, if needs must then these are the right people to help me, in the right place

After a short delay to attend the Open golf championship at Royal Portrush, Norman began four cycles of chemotherapy towards the end of July and this treatment was carried out in Bridgewater Suite.

My impressions of the Bridgewater Suite were very positive and all of the staff were professional, caring and compassionate in how they approached their work, with safety being a top priority. This is where I first learned of the support provided by local charity, Frends of the Cancer Centre. From the free cups of tea and coffee to the newspapers and magazines, all of these things were very welcome distractions on busy clinic mornings.”

Norman finished his chemotherapy treatment on 17 October last and will now have on-going monitoring. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, he has a period of 12 weeks of isolation and has decided to use this time to support Friends of the Cancer Centre.

He explains:

Each day I have been taking lengthy walks around my garden and I decided to do the 2.6 Challenge, walking every day for 26x2 (52) days. This has given me time to reflect on the first class treatment and care that I have received. I felt that I would like to give something back and use my daily walks as an opportunity to support Friends of the Cancer Centre. Before the lockdown, I enjoyed my daily walks around Belvoir Park Forest which is close to my home. So on Saturday 6th June, I’ll be doing the Belvoir Walk At Home in my own garden and you can too.”

You can register, by clicking the Sign Up Now button below.

Registration is just £5 per person 

We ask each participant to raise whatever you can, with a suggested sponsorship of £50 per person. 

The easiest way to collect sponsorship is to set up your own fundraising page. You can do this via Just Giving (www.justgiving.com) or a Facebook Fundraising Page (https://www.facebook.com/fund/FriendsoftheCancerCentre/ ) then share it with your friends, family and contacts to enable them to donate directly and the charity receives the money directly too.

We look forward to you joining us and hearing about your reasons for taking part. We would love to see your photographs too, so please share them with us on the Belvoir Walk event page on Facebook or via Whatsapp to 07775688291 or email Ana at info@friendsofthecancercentre.com

Note: Unfortunately, we are not able to provide t-shirts at this time.



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