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'Generous Gavin' has now raised £80k for the QEH

'Generous Gavin' has now raised £80k for the QEH

Published by KLFM
5:39pm 6th March 2020. (Updated at 6:13pm 6th March 2020)

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital has been given just under £10,000 by their most generous independent donor.

Gavin English - affectionately known by the QEH as “Generous Gavin” - has now raised £80,000 in total for the Cancer Care and Treatment Fund.

It’s a department very close to his heart as it’s where his wife Frances stayed before she passed away.

Gavin - from Docking - told KL.FM the hospital really helped at the time:

“In June 2012, Frances was diagnosed with aggressive lung cancer in both lungs - so she couldn’t be operated on. 

“I now know we probably had weeks then, and this place gave us 15 months.

“As I’ve told so many people, every day was precious.

“I’ll always be in debt to them - I really will."

The money Gavin raises usually comes from car boot sales and supermarket collections - although £600 of his latest donation was donated from a Waitrose community project.

He told KL.FM he can’t believe he’s been involved with raising £80,00 for the QEH now:

“It’s unreal...the local public have been so good with their donations and the supermarket staff are so helpful and kind.”

“To raise that amount, it works out to just over £1,000 a month for six years - when I was told that, I couldn’t believe it!

Gavin says he’s been fundraising all around the region:

“The supermarkets have been very kind to me - Fakenham, Hunstanton, King’s Lynn, Downham Market, Swaffham and Wisbech.

“I will fundraise forever and a day. 

“People question where the ‘day’ comes in...and I said I hope they’ll do the same for me at my funeral - that they’ll make a collection!”

Reflecting on his situation, Gavin opened up:

“Life isn’t easy - in fact, life is very difficult.”

“I’m not ashamed to say that tears flow every day, they do.”

“But the other side of the coin is of course ‘What a lucky guy I am!’ 

“56 years with Frances, what more can I want?

“And if this is the cross I have to bear for being so in love, so be it! 

“I have no regrets whatsoever.”

Hospital Trust Chairman Steve Barnett presented Gavin with a certificate to mark his £80,000 achievement.  

He says:

"Gavin is doing amazing things yet again – he is a true fundraising star and we are exceptionally grateful for him and everything he does for the Trust.”