The big-hearted family of a brave Bulwell teen who lost his battle against cancer last year have raised £2,800 to help fight the disease.
Kris Dunn of Squires Avenue, Bulwell, who died in October 2014 aged 18, discovered he had bone cancer when he was just 15 after visiting the Queen’s Medical Centre with what he thought was a football injury.
Kris’s dad Keith was joined by his sisters Bernie (17) and Bethany (10) when he handed over a cheque for £1,800 to Bulwell’s Cancer Research shop manager Dawn Leese on Friday. Games consoles and toiletries worth £1,000 were also presented to the teenage cancer ward at City Hospital.
Keith said: “We held a fundraising day on July 19 at Bestwood Railway Club on Bestwood Road in Bulwell. The hardest bit has been finding out what we can buy because the wards have so many restrictions on what can and can’t be brought!
“My wife Kim and all the family were very happy with the turnout - a couple of hundred people turned out and helped us to raise this money.
“Thankyou to everybody.”
Thursday this week marks a year since Kris died.
The dedicated army cadet won a student award for getting ten GCSEs and a diploma in engineering - despite being diagnosed just before his exams - at Top Valley School.
Headteacher Lee Morgan told the hundreds gathered at his funeral at St Mary’s Church in Bulwell how Kris was ‘a clever, intelligent and ambitious pupil’.
Kris was passionate about helping other teenagers fighting cancer too and was a big supporter of the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Kris was also a life long Panthers fan, and the ice hockey team’s manager, Gary Moran, spoke at the funeral.
He said: “Brave and courageous were not words invented for sportsmen and women. They were invented for lads like Kris.”