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Cancer patient Steve Ball raises £2,000 for Ipswich Hospital's oncology department by completing epic walk

PUBLISHED: 19:48 10 August 2017 | UPDATED: 19:48 10 August 2017

Ipswich Hospital fundraiser Steve Ball with colleagues from the charity and cancer nursing teams. Picture: IPSWICH HOSPITAL

Ipswich Hospital fundraiser Steve Ball with colleagues from the charity and cancer nursing teams. Picture: IPSWICH HOSPITAL

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A patient who is receiving treatment for incurable cancer at Ipswich Hospital has thanked the "angels in uniform" for giving him "excellent" care by walking the Norfolk coastal path.

Steve Ball, who lives in Capel St Mary, covered the 53-mile distance from Hunstanton to Cromer in just five days, despite suffering severe blisters and inadvertently adding an extra three miles to his route after getting lost.

The 65-year-old raised around £2,000 for the hospital’s oncology unit, where he has been receiving care for the past 13 months.

The money will go towards an upgrade of the department’s mobile EGC machine, which is used to monitor patient’s heart rhythms.

“I have always done a lot of walking and was inspired to walk the Norfolk coastal path after I heard one of the nurses talking about abseiling down the hospital’s maternity block,” said Steve, who was supported on the walk by his wife Maralyn and daughter’s Carla and Kelly. “I decided that I’d like to do my bit to raise some money too.

“The care I’ve received at the hospital has been really excellent – I always say the staff are angels in uniform and I often bake cakes to thank them after I’ve finished a course of chemo. It’s nice that now I’ve been able to do something to help other patients as well.”

Mandy Jordan, head of fundraising and charity at Ipswich Hospital, said: “We are really grateful to Steve for his fantastic donation, which will make a real difference to future patients receiving care on the unit. He did an amazing job to complete the walk and is a real hospital hero.”

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