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Celebrating Lynwen’s life – Charity Golf Day

Dear Cancer care Javea, 

I hope all is well with you. Just wanted to send a message to thank you for all the good work you do in the community and for honoring my late mother by renaming the nursing team after her. 

In her absence, as April 2024 would have marked Mum’s 64th birthday, we find no better way to celebrate her life than through a Charity Golf Day and auction, continuing her legacy of altruism and contributing to the well-being of others.All proceeds raised will be divided between Bowel Cancer UK / Lynwen’s Nurses.

I will be over to Spain to deliver the funds personally later in the year.

see below the invite that has been sent out to friends/ supporters in the UK.

Loft it for Lynwen Charity Golf Day – Sat 20th Apr @11am – Brentwood Golf Club

Dear Beloved Friends and Supporters,

Join us in honoring the memory of Lynwen, an extraordinary woman, by participating in a Charity Golf Day on April 20, 2024, dedicated to supporting Bowel Cancer UK / Lynwen’s Nurses.

Details – Loft it for Lynwen Charity Golf Day

Date: Saturday April 20, 2024

Location: Brentwood Golf Club – Coxtie Green Rd, Brentwood CM14 5RJ

Morning: Golf Tournament starting at 11 am

Afternoon: Lunch, Refreshments, Auction, and Awards Ceremony

To confirm your attendance, kindly submit a £75 entry fee to this donation link

Loft it for Lynwen  (remember click support collective 0% when donating) 

Note: The £75 covers golf day expenses, lunch and a small donation. After lunch we will be having an auction, we encourage generous bidding, as proceeds benefit the charity. Feel free to invite partners/ non golfers to join us at Brentwood golf club in the afternoon for refreshments / auction – guest arrival time to be confirmed. 

Lynwen’s journey with bowel cancer serves as a poignant reminder of the challenges many face. In addition to your attendance, we invite you to consider contributing to our auction on the day, symbolizing the collective impact we can make. Whether it’s a donation,product, service, experience, or any other item that could be auctioned, your donation will directly impact the lives of those affected by cancer. 

For further information, or to provide details of any form of contribution please contact loftitforlynwen@gmail.com

Lynwen’s journey with bowel cancer

In the Christmas of 2018, Lynwen, my dear mother, began experiencing discomfort in her stomach. Having devoted 30 years to nursing, she was a robust and healthy 58-year-old, showing no signs of previous health concerns. Despite her assurance that there was nothing to worry about, a routine check-up intended for gallstone diagnosis revealed a far graver issue—bowel cancer.

In January 2019, Mum underwent a challenging seven-hour surgery to remove a notably large and aggressive tumor. While surgeons did their best, traces of cancer were found in the lymph nodes near her aorta, left untouched due to their delicate location.

Given the extent of the spread, the cancer was categorized as stage 4, exacerbated by the discovery of a rare mutated BRAF gene. Unfortunately, individuals with BRAF-mutated bowel cancers facing metastasis have notably lower survival rates.

Treatment with chemotherapy became an option, but the odds of success in Mum’s case were slim. After just six cycles of chemo, it became evident that it wasn’t effective, as predicted by statistics. The cancer persisted, spreading to other organs, and though she was set to access experimental medications from the USA on compassionate grounds, she never had the chance to commence the drug trials.

Following her diagnosis in January 2019, Mum peacefully departed eight months later on August 19th, surrounded by loved ones, at the age of 59.

Mum’s lifelong commitment to aiding others was evident throughout her career as a nurse and even in her retirement, where she served as the president of a local cancer charity. The nursing service she helped establish in Alicante was renamed “Lynwen’s Nurses” in recognition of her impactful contributions. In addition to being a devoted nurse, a cherished friend, and a loving wife and mother, Mum was eagerly anticipating her role as a grandmother—a title she was destined to hold.

In her absence, as April 2024 would have marked Mum’s 64th birthday, we find no better way to celebrate her life than through a Charity Golf Day and auction, continuing her legacy of altruism and contributing to the well-being of others.

Thank you for being part of this meaningful event.

With heartfelt gratitude,

Chris Buntrock 

 

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