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24 Hour Gaming Session for PCA

At 8am on Saturday 29th August, Lee Walmsley will be hosting a 24 hour gaming session to raise vital funds for Pancreatic Cancer Action, in memory of his father Derek.

Image of Derek

Derek was sadly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a little over six months ago, Lee recalls hearing the awful news:

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“A week after my 30th Birthday I got the terrible news from my Father, that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. I did not know a lot about this cancer but after a few clicks on Google it didn’t take me long to realise the severity of it!

“For every 100 diagnosed, only 6 will survive after 5 years” and even worse, “1 in 4 people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer will die within a month”.

“Unfortunately my Father fell into the second category and we lost him 3 weeks later. He had never had any illness before and had good health up to this point so as you can imagine the whole thing was a huge shock to our family.”

Understandably Derek’s passing has had a huge impact on both Lee and his family’s lives:

“The last few weeks have been very tough, having gone through several “firsts” without him – Father’s Day and his 70th Birthday as well as 6 months since his passing. It has got me thinking about other families going through the same thing and it has encouraged me to do this charity event.”

Lee isn’t the physical type by his own admission, however, not wanting to be deterred by the more traditional fundraising challenges, he has instead opted to host a 24 hour live streamed gaming session.

Two players gaming

He plans to play a number of different games throughout the day and night and has enlisted the help of close friend Chris Teague, amongst other family and friends to help him through it.

You can watch Lee and Chris live from 8am on Saturday 29th August on Twitch. Find them by entering either of the following links into your web browser https://www.twitch.tv/walmz & https://www.twitch.tv/teaguec, or search their names on the Twitch mobile App.

Lee has raised £330 on his JustGiving page so far, but hopes to reach £500 by the end of the stream. You can donate by following the link below, all money raised will go to supporting our work here at PCA.

You can donate to his JustGiving page here:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/walmznt3a6u3-gaming4pancreaticcanceraction

You can donate or share a fond memory of Derek on his dedicated tribute page here:

https://derek-walmsley1950.muchloved.com/