Cancer survivor's charity challenges

A father-of-three once told he could have just months to live is now tackling big physical challenges to help other people with cancer.
Shaun Dingsdale with his 13-year-old daughter OliviaShaun Dingsdale with his 13-year-old daughter Olivia
Shaun Dingsdale with his 13-year-old daughter Olivia

Shaun Dingsdale was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2010 after finding a lump in his right groin.

Other news: ‘I could have to move because of fly-tippers’Doctors said he would have just six months to live without treatment, so he had chemotherapy, a stem cell transplant and other treatment.

Shaun said he was “lucky” the cancer was found in time.

But unfortunately the treatment took its toll.

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The 46-year-old said: “At the end of 2011 I got the all clear, but that’s where a lot of my problems started.

“I was five-and-a-half stone at one point. I was too weak to do anything by myself. I was like a newborn baby.”

Shaun, who grew up in Orrell and now lives in Higher Folds, said he spent a year in bed and then about eight months in a wheelchair.

He thought he would never be able to walk again.

Shaun said: “One day in 2013 I said I wanted to try to walk. I tried and did two steps and fell back in my wheelchair. A week later I tried again and did three steps. I kept trying again until I could walk. It took a long time.”

He slowly got stronger and gained weight.

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In 2015 his daughter Olivia, now 13, suggested shaving her hair off to raise money for The Christie, where Shaun was treated.

Knowing she loved her hair, he suggested other fund-raisers and the pair cycled from Wigan to Higher Folds.

Shaun said: “I did it with her, which was pretty hard but we did it. That’s when my fund-raising all started.”

Since then Shaun has done sponsored walks and bike rides, braved the world’s fastest zipline in Wales and climbed Snowdon.

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Shaun said: “When I’m hurt or thinking a challenge is hard, I think back to when I was in hospital and think nothing was as hard as that.”

He has been joined by family and friends, known as Shaunyboy’s Superstar Fund-raisers, and raised more than £7,000 for charities, mainly The Christie.

This year they are hoping to raise more money and are making their challenges even bigger - the three peaks challenge, a bike ride from Blackpool Tower to the Eiffel Tower and a sky dive.

Shaun, who now volunteers on the tea bar at The Christie and shares his story with patients, is looking for a sponsor to help cover the costs of the challenges.

Anyone able to help can email him at [email protected] or donations can be made here

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