Dad on 240-mile trek for charity

Richard Anderson with wife Karen
Richard Anderson with wife Karen
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Terminally-ill Richard Anderson has upped the ante in his mission to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.

The 45-year-old from Dawson Walk, Preston, is preparing to take on his latest charity mission, 12 months after doctors told him he’d be dead.

On February 1, he will embark on a 240-mile walk from Portsmouth to Preston, something he hopes to complete on his own in eight days.

“It’s the biggest challenge I’ve done yet”, said the father-of-one who was diagnosed with testicular cancer in August 2013 and soon after told it had spread to his pancreas and was inoperable.

Over 15 months he has raised around £11,000 for different cancer charities by taking on challenges such as sponsored walks, hitch-hikes, shoe shining and cycling challenges.

He said: “I’m as good as I can be at the moment.

“I have more down days than up days at the moment and I’ve started having seizures, but I feel I can do this.

“It will give me some solitude to think on my own and clear my head.

“I’ve also made it another year longer than the doctors said I would, so thought I’d better start to get fit.”

Richard, who has family ties with Portsmouth, has made arrangements to stay in hotels along the route, which he hopes to complete by walking 40 miles each day.

He added: “I’m sure I’ll be ok. But if not, I’ll have started it and I can always get the train home.

I’m trying to raise £1,000 for Cancer Research doing this, and another £1,000 a month before I croak, which is probably about £10,000.

“I’m not beating about the bush, I want to do as much as I can before I die. Doing these challenges also gives me something to focus on.

To donate to Richard’s cause, visit: www.justgiving.com/portsmouthtopreston2016