A CANCER sufferer who had his stomach removed just months ago has completed a 211 mile trek for charity.
Martyn Wells has undergone six operations since he was diagnosed with malignant melanoma last March.
The 49-year-old IT director at Leamington law firm Wright Hassall then discovered the cancer had spread and had to have an operation to have his stomach removed.
Despite his cancer battle, Martyn took on the marathon walk along the Severn Way, from Wales to Bristol. It took him ten days.
He has so far raised £33,000 for Macmillan, which has supported him through his cancer battle.
Martyn, who was joined on the last day of his walk by his colleagues, said: “I hope I have inspired other cancer patients and their families to see that life with cancer is still a life, and that life goes on. Having a stage four cancer diagnosis should not stop you from achieving things you’ve only ever dreamed of.
“My family and I have always had such fantastic support from Macmillan, from the moment I was diagnosed, and I wanted to do something to show them my gratitude. I hope the money this walk has raised goes a long way to providing Macmillan services that other patients and their families can benefit from.”
And Macmillan has thanked Martyn and says its support for him will continue.
Regional fund-raising manager Nikki James said: “What Martyn has achieved is truly inspiring. His determination, positivity and resilience never ceases to amaze me. We are pleased to have been able to support Martyn from the moment he was diagnosed and hope to continue supporting him for as long as he needs us.
“The incredible amount of money he has raised will enable us to continue supporting local people living with cancer, like Martyn, in the future. There are not enough words to explain how grateful we are for all he has done.”
Visit www.severnway2018.com to find out more about Martyn’s trek and to donate.