Strangers hand over cash to give dy­ing grandad last break

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS - MARK SMITH Health Cor­re­spon­dent mark.smith@waleson­line.co.uk

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

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