LES AND CAROL GET DREAM HONEYMOON – 37 YEARS ON
Strangers hand over cash to give dying grandad last break
AGRANDFATHER with terminal cancer and his wife are set to finally go on their honeymoon after 37 years of marriage, thanks to an incredible fundraising campaign.
Les Burt, who was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2016, received treatment and radiotherapy at the Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff and was given the all-clear.
But earlier this year doctors told the grandfather of three that the disease had spread to his breast tissue, lungs and then his bone marrow.
“Doctors have told my dad it looks like he now has six to eight months to live,” said his daughter Kelly Medhurst, from Newbridge.
“He’s the sort of person who would stop everything he was doing to help someone.
“Even when he was really ill he’d push himself to try his best to do it.
“Just a couple of weeks ago he was laying a patio. That just shows what sort of man my father is.”
When Kelly heard about her father’s devastating prognosis, she set up a JustGiving page in the hope of putting Les and wife Carol on the honeymoon they never had.
“My parents have never had the chance to go on a honeymoon. Something always used to crop up that was more important,” she said.
Within just four weeks more than £1,300 was raised for the couple to enjoy a “dream” holiday to St Ives in Cornwall.
“We’ve been there before as a family and they love it there,” she said.
“This might be his last holiday so why not make it their honeymoon?”
Donors left messages of support on the JustGiving page, with one writing “You’re a fabulous person and deserve this holiday at least. You have helped so many people.”
Nearly half of the overall total was raised through a special auction, where people could buy a host of different, and expensive, reptiles.
“I have got a big group of friends who are reptile breeders. Some of them donated some snakes and all the money raised was given to my dad.
“It’s really amazing how generous people are.”
Ex-soldier Les, 70, who is also from Newbridge, is currently receiving intensive chemotherapy and is in the Royal Gwent Hospital with pneumonia and septicaemia.
“The chemotherapy has affected his white blood cells,” said Kelly.
“He’s had two blood transfusions to boost his immune system, so he’s very unwell at the moment.”
If you would like to donate please go to www.justgiving.com/ crowdfunding/kelly-medhurst-1
Les and Carol Burt always dreamed of a honeymoon in St Ives, Cornwall – and thanks to the generosity of strangers they can now go
Les Burt has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. He’s pictured with his wife Carol