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Charity champ keeps fundraising through cancer treatment

Charity champ keeps fundraising through cancer treatment

Thursday 05 January 2023

Charity champ keeps fundraising through cancer treatment

Thursday 05 January 2023

No voice box, muscles from his neck surgically removed, a pacemaker fitted... Kevin Channing, diagnosed with neck and throat cancer in 2019, has more reasons than almost anyone to take things easy.

But rather than "sit around", Kevin, who is no longer able to work, decided he would do something of real meaning for the local community.

Over the past few months, alongside Tamara, his wife of 31 years, he has been going round the island taking photos of sunrises and sunsets and collating them in a calendar with the intention of selling them to raise money for charity. 

Word soon spread around the parish and with the support of his friends, Kevin’s calendars have found their way to all four corners of the world from New Zealand to America.  

In the lead-up to Christmas, he gathered together the proceeds and used them to buy five bikes which he donated to Brightly, a localindependent charity that supports children and young people living in care. 

Talking about the motivation behind his efforts, Kevin said: "[Christmas] is about children and we all remember our first bikes."

He also emphasised the "unbelievably kind staff of foster care and social services" and, of course, the unwavering support of his loving wife, Tammy.

Brightly thanked Kevin and Shaun Crowther at Co-op bikes, who offered them a discount and provided free helmets for each child. 

"We are so grateful to you both for helping us make Christmas a little more special for these children," the charity said.

"There are going to be some very excited children on Christmas Day."

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Posted by Denise Shrives on
Can these calendars still be purchased and if so, can anyone tell me where please.
Posted by Carla Butler on
You could try contacting Wendy at Brightly Jersey to see if they have any left?
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