Walking for granddad

PUBLISHED: 14:00 19 August 2012

Shane Mills, John Mills and Rob Phillips

Shane Mills, John Mills and Rob Phillips


A GRANDFATHER from Winscombe who was diagnosed with terminal cancer was given a ‘really nice surprise’ from his grandson who completed a 120-mile fundraising walk in 24 hours.

John Mills, aged 66, of Wimblestone Road, met his grandson Shane Mills and his friend Rob Phillips, both aged 24, in a club near their house after the pair completed their walk to raise £800 for MacMillan Cancer Support.

It was the first John, who was diagnosed with terminal gullet cancer earlier this year, knew of his grandson’s efforts.

John said: “I didn’t know they were going to do it for me. It was a really nice surprise. He has done it in my name, but it is for other people as well.

“I have come to terms with the news now. Death is a part of life.

“But I’m really proud of Shane. It shows he loves me for me.”

Shane, who lives in Birmingham, said: “I want to do what I can while my granddad is still here to witness the start of my fundraising.

“Although my granddad knows he is ill he refuses to just stand by and accept it, instead he fights on no matter what.

“I have always and always will look up to my granddad, he is an inspiration.”

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