Raymond on the long walk home to Middleton

WALKING FOR CANCER  '                              'Raymond Stevens
WALKING FOR CANCER ' 'Raymond Stevens
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He has beaten cancer and now he wants to help others to do the same by walking nearly 100 miles to raise money for hospital carers.

Raymond Stevens, from Middleton, has to eat six small meals a day and sleep at a 45 degree angle following an operation to tackle oesophageal cancer.

The 67-year-old is looking to complete a 95.5 mile walk between Yarmouth and Middleton to raise money for the Gissing ward at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

Oesophageal cancer is quite uncommon with just some 8,000 cases being diagnosed each year.

Keen walker Mr Stevens is hoping to use the charity walk to buy important equipment for the ward.

He said: “They helped me when I needed their help.”

Mr Stevens was diagnosed after a visit to the doctors in May, 2012. He said: “I went to my GP for something trivial and she said I was a bit anaemic and took some bloods. I nearly didn’t go.”

The blood tests revealed some abnormal changes and he was referred to a specialist.

In March last year, Mr Stevens had an operation in which part of his wind pipe and stomach was removed.

He said: “I spent 24 hours in critical care before I was transferred to Gissing ward.

“They are trying to get equipment onto Gissing ward to turn it into a critical care unit for cancer patients.”

He is hoping to complete the 95.5 mile walk across five days in May taking in Sea Palling, Cromer and Hunstanton en route to Middleton.

If anyone would like to support Mr Stevens contact him on 01553 842390.