The parents of a man who died following an eight month battle with cancer collected £1,250 in donations at his funeral to be split between two causes.
Roy and Sue Morland, of Templemead, Gaywood, presented staff on the cancer care unit on Shouldham ward, at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, with a donation of £625 to support cancer care in memory of Neil Morland, 36.
Mrs Morland said: “We were absolutely staggered by the donations. The money is to support the Macmillan treatment centre and the Vulcan to the Sky – his two passions.”
Neil, who worked in IT, was diagnosed with cancer last April. His doctors gave him just months to live.
Mrs Morland said: “It was absolutely devastating for everyone. It took him a while to come to terms with it, but once he did, he just wanted to make the most of his time.”
During his final months, Neil made it his mission to support Shouldham ward, he started after noticing that its televisions needed replacing.
Mrs Morland said: “He decided the televisions were outdated and within weeks he, his friends and family had replaced all of the televisions on the ward. It was nice for him to be able to take those down to the ward, and he was actually staying on there when they began installing them.
“You give him a challenge and he was straight off.”
Neil’s sister, Sarah, and her fiancé, Brian, also raised a total of £1,200 by holding a Big Night In event at their home, with a race night theme.
After months of fundraising and receiving treatment at the QEH, Neil died on November 17. His funeral was held that month at Mintlyn Crematorium and family, friends and work colleagues made donations which were split between Neil’s two chosen causes, Shouldham ward and Vulcan to the Sky.
Mrs Morland said: “He was very much into aircraft, probably after growing up with his father in the RAF.
“We feel that Neil’s left a legacy behind him and we hope to continue to support his passions because that is what he would have wanted.”