Paul’s Story

Paul-with-cameraIn February 2007, Paul, then an A level student at St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School in Bristol, was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Despite surgery and radiotherapy, Paul quickly resumed his studies, successfully passed his A levels and was accepted at Leeds University to study biochemistry.

Through the autumn and spring terms, Paul was well and threw himself into university life, particularly enjoying kayaking and the Christian Union. But a routine scan in March 2008 revealed the tumour was re-growing and in November he died peacefully at home.

Paul was in many ways an unassuming young man, but he was musical, and had a gift for both painting and photography. He loved the outdoors, whether biking, skiing, hill walking, kayaking or surfing. His smile, sense of fun and concern for others touched all who knew him. Paul was a committed Christian and had been active in his home church, Pip ‘n Jay Bristol, before getting stuck in to the Christian Union in Leeds.
Throughout his illness, Paul demonstrated a quiet courage and determination to get on with his life, sustained by his faith in a loving God. His hallmark smile and sense of fun stayed with him to the end, and his inspiration to those around him are a part of his lasting legacy.

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