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Bus is named after King’s Lynn champion fundraiser

Students and staff at the unveiling of the Norfolk Green bus named in memory of the late Kev Graves.

Students and staff at the unveiling of the Norfolk Green bus named in memory of the late Kev Graves.

A bus has been named in honour of a popular sports lecturer who lost his battle to cancer last year.

Friends and family of Kev Graves gathered at the College of West Anglia on Monday to see the unveiling of the Norfolk Green bus.

Mr Graves, who had been a champion charity supporter and raised £3,000 in a cycle climb just days after a chemotherapy course, died in November last year after a battle with oesophageal cancer.

His bus will travel between Lynn and Hunstanton, including his home village of Snettisham.

Close family friend and bus company worker Anthony Batchelor approached managing director Ben Colson to request that a bus be named after Mr Graves.

The unveiling was attended by Mr Graves’s widow Mandy, his sons Michael, 13, and Luke, 11, along with other family members.

Mrs Graves said: “Myself, the boys and Kev’s family are obviously thrilled to have Kev honoured and remembered in this way.”

A campaign, #doitforkev, has raised almost £10,000 since it was launched in January. It is raising money for the chemotherapy room at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital and trials for better treatment of the cancer.

The campaign is also raising awareness of the symptoms. Mrs Graves said: “There are plans for an oesophageal cancer awareness day to coincide with the GEAR run.”

 

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