Shaun’s big breakfast for the hospice
Published on: 28 May 2016
A Salvation Army officer with a terminal brain tumour has completed a mega man vs food challenge to raise money for Bristol’s St Peter’s Hospice.
Shaun Skinner, who was told in January this year that he only had 12 months to live, organised the Shaun’s Big Breakfast event in aid of the charity which has helped to care for him.
The challenge was completed at the Staple Hill Salvation Army where Shaun cleared his monster plate of sausage, bacon, egg, mushrooms, tomato, hash browns and black pudding, while friends and family enjoyed more modest portions in return for a donation.
Having completed the event, Shaun can now tick it off of the bucket list of things he wants to achieve while he is still well enough.
He said: “I was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2007 and given five years to live. St. Peter's Hospice became a much needed place of care and friendship.
“In January 2016 I was given 12 months to live, so I decided to raise money for the charities that have helped me over the last nine years by organising two eating challenges, the first in Hereford, where I am from originally, for brainstrust and the second in Bristol for St Peter’s Hospice.
“The steroids I am on make me really hungry so I thought I would take advantage of that and see if I could do some food challenges!”
Shaun was a Salvation Army Officer who at the time of his diagnosis was based in Ireland. The Salvation Army sent him back to the UK and to Bristol where his sister lives. Landing at Bristol Airport he was admitted immediately to St Peter’s Hospice where he spent a long spell followed by two further lengthy admissions.
Shaun has now been medically retired by the Salvation Army and lives in Hereford to be closer to his parents who help care for him and where he has become the Chaplain of Hereford United.
His efforts have so far raised about £2,400, with help from Barclays Bank whose employees took part in the event.
Hospice community fundraiser Louisa James said: “Shaun has done amazingly well to complete his food challenge and raise such a fantastic amount for St Peter’s Hospice.
“To see such positivity and determination in the face of such devastating news is truly inspirational and we all take our hats off to Shaun.
“The money raised will be used to continue to care for our patients, both at the hospice and in the community, when they need us.”
As Bristol’s only adult hospice, St Peter’s Hospice cares for more than 2,000 patients each year as well as supporting family members.
All services are provided free of charge but this care costs around £19,000 a day. For around £14,000 of that, the hospice relies on gifts in wills, kind donations and funds generated by the hospice shops.
For more visit www.stpetershospice.org.uk