Duncan’s charity goal for Ronald McDonald House

Duncan webA STUDENT is raising money for a charity that provided a home for his parents whilst he underwent brain surgery.

Duncan Cathie, who is 18 and from Lowton, has endured two operations including a craniotomy at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

His parents were able to stay at Ronald McDonald House during his stints in hospital and now he is looking to repay the favour by completing the Three Peaks Challenge.

“It gave them somewhere comfortable and free to stay when they needed it,” said Duncan, who studies at Priestley College in Warrington.

“It meant that I knew when I woke up my parents would be at my bedside within minutes. I was happier because I knew I always had my family nearby.”

Duncan was diagnosed with a Pituitary Adenoma in April 2012 after suffering severe headaches.

Over the next two years he had two intrusive operations – one lasting 13 hours – and was in hospital for his 17th birthday as he recovered from surgery.

Part of his the brain tumour had to be removed through a craniotomy.

During this period his family spent many nights living at Ronald McDonald House, which needs £500,000 a year to remain open.

“Imagine if you were a parent who had a child going in for surgery but couldn’t stay by their bed because you had to travel home or back to a hotel,” he said. “That’s why it is such an important place for parents and for the children being treated.”

Duncan – whose family has already raised more than £2,000 for Ronald McDonald House – has been in training for the past few months including a ‘trial run’ up Snowdon.

He’s also been in the gym to make sure he is fully fit for ascents of Snowdon, Scafell and Ben Nevis with friends on July 22 and 23.

Tutors and peers at Priestley College, where Duncan studies Law, Politics and Geology, have also been sponsoring his efforts.

To sponsor Duncan go to www.justgiving.com/mchouse or text Dunk48 and the amount you want to give to 70070.

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