University to posthumously award Hornchurch 22-year-old who died of cancer
PUBLISHED: 07:00 19 June 2018
Edward was in his second year at Solent University in Southampton when he was diagnosed with stomach cancer and passed away five months later.
A 22-year-old student from Hornchurch who died after suffering from stomach cancer is to be honoured by his former university.
Edward Bunker, was studying at Solent University in Southampton, when in November he was diagnosed with stomach cancer, and then five months later sadly passed away.
His dad, Alan Bunker, 84, of Grosvenor Drive, told the Recorder that the university are now going to award him posthumously, and that himself and his wife Florence, 64, are hoping to attend the ceremony along with a few other members of the family.
Alan said that the university had told him that the ceremony will take place on July 5, and that he will collect an award on behalf of his son for his academic achievement and his commitment towards charity work.
Edward was in the second year of his four year degree in network security when he was taken ill, and then after x-rays and tests it was discovered that he had stomach cancer.
He sadly passed away on April 5.
In the months leading up to his diagnosis Edward had taken part in a number of 10k and 5k charity runs with his club Lordshill Road Runners and had raised hundreds of pounds for a number of different charities.
His dad said that there was over 130 people at Edward’s funeral at St Andrew’s church in Hornchurch, and that he was overwhelmed with how far some people have travelled to pay their respects to his son.
He said: “We had people travel from America, and Spain to come to the funeral.
“He must have made a real impression on his friends at university.
“He’s always been clever, and we had a lot of people say nice things about him.
“His mum has been in tears nearly everyday it has really hit us hard.
“It was such a shock, he is our only son and it has been really tough.
“It is wonderful that the university have decided to do this and we are very grateful for what they have done.”