Normandy veteran in charity challenge

Normandy veteran Doug Longstaff at last year's Walk as One
Normandy veteran Doug Longstaff at last year's Walk as One
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A NORMANDY veteran will walk 5km as part of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity’s Walk as One event.

Doug Longstaff, aged 91, from Woodthorpe, Sheffield, will do the challenge in memory of five family members lost to cancer.

Doug’s wife Kathleen died from kidney cancer three and a half years ago, aged 83, just months before the couple were due to celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary.

His mother-in-law and three sisters-in-law also all died of the disease, one when she was just 24.

Father-of-three Doug will be taking part in the walk with his 62-year-old son John.

The family have been completing charity walking events every year since 1996.

Dedicated Doug has raised £9,000 for Weston Park over the past 15 years and is as determined as ever to support the charity.

“I am supporting Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity for the care and dedication the hospital has given to my family over the years”, he said.

“It’s an amazing hospital and it’s great to be able to play my part in supporting charity.”

Doug’s son John, of Mosborough, said: “My dad’s dedication to such a fantastic cause comes from his strong support of Weston Park Hospital and the work they do to help people with cancer.

“He has always been an incredibly selfless man. I think that stems from the camaraderie he experienced during his time in the army, which shaped his attitude of helping others, and this has stayed with him throughout his life.”

Last year’s Walk as One saw more than 500 people taking part, and raised £30,000 for the charity.