THIS WEEK IN 1998: On top of the world after leukaemia

When the first timbers of the Mary Rose rose from the waters of the Solent, Chris Dobbs was the man underwater who fitted airbags to the wreck to help it on its journey to dry land.

Thursday, 5th July 2018, 5:46 pm
Updated Monday, 16th July 2018, 5:38 pm
Leukaemia survivor, Chris Dobbs on his expedition through the French Alps.

When the first timbers of the Mary Rose rose from the waters of the Solent, Chris Dobbs was the man underwater who fitted airbags to the wreck to help it on its journey to dry land.

Six months later, Mr Dobbs was fighting for his life after being struck down by leukaemia and was forced to undergo radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

It was almost 15 years to the day since he also had his bone marrow transplant and Mr Dobbs was ready to handover £7,000 to charity after trekking through the French Alps.

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Chris, from Rowlands Castle, described his love for '˜the views, the quiet, the calm' of the Alps.  

He said: '˜I wanted to do it to show that people can make full recoveries from leukaemia and go on to lead  normal lives.'