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Martin Watts

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raised of £40,000 target by 109 supporters

Weʼre raising £40,000 to make donations to East Anglia's Children's Hospice and Cromer Children's Charity. All other monies will go towards helping others with DIPG

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During a family holiday in early 2019, it was noticed that Benny (Julie & Kevin’s' youngest child, aged 6) was not feeling well, so a trip to the local walk-in centre was in order. Following this visit they were told to go to King's Lynn Hospital for a scan, on the way home. This scan revealed an issue and before they knew it, they were off to Addenbrookes Hospital for a further scan. After the CT and MRI scans Julie & Kevin were given the devastating news that Benny had DIPG (diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma) in other words, cancer of the brain stem.

Benny Pitcher sadly passed away at his home, surrounded by his loving family on 12th July 2020 at the age of 6, following a 15-month battle with brain cancer.

He never complained, even when confined to a hospital bed for extended periods, he loved watching funny animal and prank videos on YouTube laughing away at them.

Bennys memory will forever be cherished by his parents, Julie and Kevin, brother Brannigan and sisters Ruby and Rose-anna. Adored Grandson of Brian Pitcher, Jean Williams and Kevin Elvin, as well as many cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends. He will be forever remembered in theirs and so many people’s hearts he has touched.

Originally this page was created for a group of runners who had made the commitment to run the 2020 Brighton marathon on 19th April along with Bennys’ Dad, Kevin. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they were unable to run the marathon as it was postponed. Kevin is looking to fulfil his commitment and promise to Benny by running the 26 miles on the Poppy Line Marathon, starting at Sheringham Primary School and finishing at The Crown PH on November 15th 2020.

Some of the money we had raised in previous events went to help fund an extension at the Pitchers home in East Runton. There will be donations made to East Anglia's Children’s Hospice (EACH) and the Cromer Children’s Charity.

EACH has been chosen as they are a charity that have helped the Pitchers along Bennys journey in fighting DIPG.

Cromer Children’s Charity is another charity that has been helping the Pitchers. The charity was registered in 1990 with the charities commission (reg: 802490) , the Chairman of the charity is Philip Balls.

With all monies remaining, we hope to create a Trust / Charity in Benny's name to help people diagnosed with DIPG and their families.

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  • Martin Watts3 months ago
    Martin Watts

    Martin Watts

    3 months ago

    Dear All, We all know how much love is out there for this little man. Due to the current restrictions, there are only a few people allowed at the funeral for Benny. Benny's Service will be streamed live from Cromer Crematorium at 1pm tomorrow. Please use the info below to log in after 12.55pm. The link can be used for 7 days thereafter: Login / Order ID: 41656 Password: hfhzjukc

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  • Martin Watts4 months ago
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    Martin Watts

    4 months ago

    Hello, thank you all for your kind donations. Here is a little update as to how things are going, the extension is under way and everyone involved are making good progress. We have had so many people give up their own time to help with the build so far. There is still a way to go, but we are doing everything we can to get this build completed as quick as we can to give Benny a comfortable room. Please see and join the group for regular updates

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  • Martin Watts9 months ago
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    Martin Watts

    9 months ago

    just a little update for, last weekend we held a challenge to keep an exercise bike and treadmill going from 10am-4pm on Saturday and 10am-2pm on Sunday. This event was held at #MorrisonsCromer and had a great response from the shoppers. In total we raised over £1400 towards our target. Thank you all for your continued support x

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  • Torrington Family

    Torrington Family

    Oct 12, 2020

    With best wishes from The Torrington Family.


  • Anonymous


    Oct 12, 2020


  • Anonymous


    Aug 26, 2020

    Good luck with all the fund raising for such a wonderful cause.Mick and Heather (Warwick)


  • Kevin Beel

    Kevin Beel

    Aug 13, 2020

    Saw the Crab Tales article. Our sympathies to Benny's family. Such a brave young man.


  • Julie


    Aug 7, 2020

    Bless you what a brave family, sending so much love


  • Chris And Sue Williams

    Chris And Sue Williams

    Aug 4, 2020

    Best wishes to all. Xx


  • Lesa


    Jul 28, 2020

    So desperately sorry to hear of your loss of Benny. My sincere sympathy to you all. What a special little boy. Fly high angel x


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