With only a £20 note in their pockets, cancer fighter Richard Anderson and his wife Karen are relying on the kindness of strangers for a charity travel adventure.
The couple are going to see how far they can get out of Preston in 24 hours today on their tiny budget, while raising cash and awareness for charity.
The idea came to Karen when she accompanied Richard on a sponsored walk from Preston to Blackpool earlier this month, raising over £1,000 for Cancer Research UK.
Richard, 43, who has terminal pancreatic cancer, said: “The original walk we did escalated far more than we anticipated, and we were pleased to be joined by lots of friends and family, so Karen thought it might be nice to have an adventure just for ourselves.
“She said it would be nice to get out of Preston, and it would be interesting to see how far we can get thumbing lifts.”
The couple, who live in central Preston with 16-year-old daughter Jade, began seeking sponsorship, and after contacting Virgin Trains, were given free train tickets allowing them to travel to London or Glasgow.
Richard added: “My uncle lives in the Isle of Wight, and he’s offered to put us up for the night, so we opted for the London tickets.
“We’ve also managed to secure free hovercraft tickets from Portsmouth to the island, so the only thing we now need to worry about is getting from London to Portsmouth. It’s about 90 miles, so we think we will try to get on the underground to Chigwell, and then thumb a lift on the M4.”
To attract attention to their cause, Richard and Karen will be wearing Cancer Research UK t-shirts and carrying a banner, and have been given permission to get off at every major train station on their journey to London to collect money. They are also looking for sponsorship for every mile.
Richard added: “The whole journey to the Isle of White will be about 300 miles, so if people sponsor us 10p a mile, that’s £30.
“We’ve already got 10 people signed up to that, but we’re hoping for maybe 50, so we can get £1,500.”
Richard, who was forced to give up his career in the hotel industry because of his illness, has been given the all-clear to travel from his doctors, but thinks this will be his “last big adventure”.
He said: “I’ll be taking all my medication, and even if it takes 10 or 12 hours, it doesn’t matter, because we can take it easy coming back the next day.
“It will be very tiring though, for me and my wife, who has fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis, so this will probably be the last one we do.”
To donate, visit: www.justgiving.com/RichardandKaren2014