Team Quinn: Retired RAF airman takes to the skies
Bristol & Bath-based fundraisers Team Quinn are taking part in the Cotswold Way Challenge this Saturday 30 June. Retired RAF airman Andy Quinn will be flying overhead in a paramotor/glider. At the same time, his son Alex will be taking on an epic 50km challenge.
Andy’s wife Jacqui sadly passed away on April 15 this year at the age of 53, just six months after her diagnosis. Unfortunately, Jacqui’s mother, Irene Shanks, died of at the age of 62 of the same disease. An earlier diagnosis would have given Jacqui a fighting chance but the diagnosis came too late.
Team Quinn are the family and friends Jacqui left behind. They are united by their resolve to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer amongst GPs and the public, with a simple message: early diagnosis saves lives.
Through social media campaigns, fundraising stalls and a series of YouTube videos, Team Quinn have raised over £2,000 in the past month. This is to be split equally between Pancreatic Cancer Action UK and Dorothy House Hospice in Bath.
Andy and Alex appeared on BBC Radio Bristol this Thursday 28 June, talking to morning show host John Darvall at around 11.10am about why they want to take action against pancreatic cancer. You can catch up on their interview by clicking here.
Team Quinn’s next challenge will see Andy suiting up to fly Jacqui’s ashes back to her home town of Blyth, Northumberland; and you can keep up to date with their adventures over at teamquinn.uk.
To find out more about pancreatic cancer and Pancreatic Cancer Action please visit www.panact.org.
Chris Quinn, co-coordinator