The Big Ben to Burton Walk, in memory of Ben Jebson, was planned to take place in 2020 with proceeds going to 'Hug on a Tray', then covid came along so it had to be postponed. The walk finally took place from the 9th to 15th April. Ben Jebson was a much loved patient on the wards we cover, j88 and j89 in Bexley wing at St James's Hospital, Leeds. The Big Ben To Burton walk began on the 9th April 2022 starting at Big Ben in London. Sponsored walkers then made their way up through England covering up to 30 miles a day for a total of 7 days walking a total of 182 miles.
In February 2014, having recently turned 30, Ben was diagnosed with stage 2b Hodgkin lymphoma. As a young and fit man Ben was given a great prognosis and told that he had an 80% chance of being clear of cancer after 6 months of chemotherapy. Sadly this wasn’t the case as the cancer was more stubborn than they originally thought. During his time on wards J88 and J89, Ben appreciated the generosity of Hug on a Tray providing charitable funding for the TVs and providing goodie bags for the patients. The Big Ben to Burton walk raised an amazing £44,551.86 which has been shared between 4 charities, @anthonynolancharity, @barnsley_hospice, @thekirkwood_uk, #hugonatray and Ben’s daughters.