Martyn Edwards (pictured) is no ordinary fundraiser. In 2016 Martyn, from Hereford, was diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer, which had spread extensively to his liver, and was inoperable at the time. Yet last year, this incredible man not only organised but participated in a thrill-filled Treasure Quest. The event encouraged family and friends to take part in their respective cars, traversing across the five counties of Herefordshire, Monmouthshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Powys, and raised over £8,000 for The Little Princess Trust.
Following his diagnosis, Martyn endured 16 sessions of chemotherapy and 12 sessions of an antibody drug. During this time, Martyn adopted a strict anti-cancer diet, focused on work and positivity. Part of this positive focus manifested itself as a desire to do something life-changing for other people.
Martyn explained: “I lost my hair as part of the treatment process and thought how difficult it would be for a child to do the same, hence how I found out about the great work that The Little Princess Trust does for children who lose their hair. I decided that I had to do something for this charity.”
The CT and MRI scans throughout Martyn’s treatment showed massive reductions in the tumours. Eventually Martyn was in an operable position, and in May last year, 20 percent of his liver was removed. Amazingly, the liver consultant reported no cancer cells in deposits that had been removed, and the bowel tumour had also been destroyed. This is known as a complete response to treatment, and had only been seen by Martyn’s consultant in six patients out of 1,250 over five years. In essence a very rare, complete response, the cancer in both cases eliminated.
Buoyed by his diagnosis, Martyn found the energy to organise his Treasure Quest. Participants competed in a selection of classic motorbikes, and modern and vintage sports cars, to find the expertly hidden clues whilst notching up points. One guy even completed the 100 mile journey by push bike! After a brilliant, fun filled day, the teams all ended up at the Baskerville Hall Hotel in Hay on Wye.
Monica Glass, The Little Princess Trust Charity Manager, said: “It has been a privilege to get to know Martyn through his organising of the Treasure Quest challenge. We are all staggered and very grateful at how much he and his friends and supporters have raised. It is enough for The Little Princess Trust to purchase a further 16 wigs for sick children. On the day, it was clear that all those who took part were enjoying a lot of fun and laughter. Definitely the best way to fundraise!”
Martyn added: “I would like to thank our official sponsors Level Peaks Associates, PBS Enforcements Agents, Chrysal, Middleton Jones Property Recruitment and Colliers International for their kind support. A big thank you also to Speed The Plough, Tibberton and The Baskerville Hall Hotel Clyro for their hospitality. We hope to make this an annual event – roll on Treasure Quest 2018!”