Walk in memory of cancer unit chief

A CHARITY walk is taking place in memory of a cancer specialist at Ipswich Hospital who recently lost his life to the disease.

A CHARITY walk is taking place in memory of a cancer specialist at Ipswich Hospital who recently lost his life to the disease.

Mark Sargeantson, 55, of Kettleburgh, near Framlingham, will walk the length of the Pyrenees Mountains - 538miles - in memory of Dr John LeVay, who died in March.

Hoping to raise £50,000 from the walk for the Cancer Campaign in Suffolk, Mr Sargeantson hopes to complete the trek from the Atlantic Coast to the Mediterranean in 50 days from June 1.

Dr LeVay worked as an oncologist at Ipswich Hospital and formed the cancer charity in 1997 with former Ipswich Town star Jason Cundy. The Cancer Information Centre at the hospital is now named after him.

Mr Sargeantson, a partner in Fenn Wright chartered surveyors and chairman of the Ipswich Building Society, said: “I am doing this as something I have always wanted to do but I did decide some time ago it would be a good opportunity to raise some funds for a good cause.

“With John dying it concentrated my mind to come to the conclusion I would very much like to dedicate the walk and fundraising effort to his memory.

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“He was an extremely able, modest, kind man but I did not know him as a doctor, I am pleased to say. But everything I have heard about him says he was a wonderful, dedicated man who did a tremendous amount to raise the standards of cancer care at Ipswich Hospital.”

A runner with the Framlingham Flyers, Mr Sargeantson will climb the equivalent of five times the height of Everest on the trek along the GR10 hiking path in France.

Anyone wishing to donate to the walk can do so by visiting www.justgiving.com/marksmountainwalk or by calling Gina Cooper at the Cancer Campaign in Suffolk on 08456 026607.

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