Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 13°C

ESTD 1874 Search

The pigs have arrived. See the latest

Pigs Gone Wild

news here.

Bury St Edmunds: Electrician’s fundraising mission in memory of girlfriend

11:01 08 April 2014

Daniel Turner is set to run the London Marathon and take part in three spartan races. Daniel is pictured in the Abbey Gardens in bury.

Daniel Turner is set to run the London Marathon and take part in three spartan races. Daniel is pictured in the Abbey Gardens in bury.

Archant

When Daniel Turner lines up at the start of the London Marathon, it will represent yet another milestone in a four-year fundraising campaign.

The 29-year-old NHS electrician, from Moreton Hall in Bury St Edmunds, has been on a mission to raise money for the children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent since losing his girlfriend, Michelle Dring, to the disease in October 2009, aged just 24.

After witnessing first hand the plight of children with cancer in Addenbrooke’s Hospital – and the brilliant work of the charity – Mr Turner was determined to “give something back”.

So far, he has completed a skydive, run a half marathon and written to more than 200 celebrities asking them to donate items which he then auctioned on eBay.

After he has run the London Marathon, Mr Turner has three Spartan races lined up – a total of 24 gruelling miles across a series of obstacles. And as if that were not enough, he has signed up to climb Mount Kilimanjaro next year.

His niece Chloe Smith has added to the pot by organising cake sales at her school.

Mr Turner said: “Michelle already had the brain tumour when we met but we thought things were improving – then it came back.

“We didn’t have long together, but because we knew how ill she was, we packed everything we could into that short space of time.

“I went with her to all the hospital appointments and it really struck me seeing all the young children in there with cancer. CLIC Sargent had a centre at Addenbrooke’s so I could see the value of what they do.”

By the time he has finished all of the challenges, Mr Turner should have raised more than £7,000.

To donate, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/danielturner84.

0 comments

Video: Tornado spotted in Suffolk

Yesterday, 19:05
Tornado spotted in Old Newton. Picture: Emma Cobbold

A mid-Suffolk resident has spoken of the “surreal” moment she spotted a tornado as she drove through the county this evening (Tuesday).

Victim of fatal road incident named

Police have named the man who died in a crash on the A12 at Wangford on Sunday.

Michael Murdon, from Woolpit

Police are appealing for help to find a missing man from Woolpit who may be in Felixstowe.

Television personality Cathy McGowan came to Ipswich in February 1967

Opening in 1967, Fanny was the first boutique to open in Ipswich, writes David Kindred,

A man has been charged after this crash on East Mersea Road between a bus and a low-loader lorry which was carrying a steam engine.

A man has been charged with six counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving after a crash involving a bus and a lorry.

Sebastian Beaumont-Hewitt and Tobey Bloomfield.

Beaver Scouts in Ipswich celebrate 30th anniversary in swine style.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24