THE generosity of strangers has overwhelmed cancer patient Richard Anderson, who made it from Preston to the Isle of Wight with change left over from a £20 note.
Richard, 43, who has terminal pancreatic cancer, took on the adventure last week with wife Karen to raise money for Cancer Research UK and to raise awareness.
The couple, who live in central Preston, managed to secure free train tickets to London from Virgin Trains before setting off, as well as hovercraft tickets from Portsmouth, but had to ‘blag’ the rest.
Richard said: “Virgin Trains were magnificent, they set us off first class to London Euston and from there we had to start getting creative.
“We told the guard on the underground we were doing this event and they kindly allowed us onto the tube to get to Victoria. There we tried to blag our way onto a coach to get us further down south, but it was never going to happen. Then a lady called Mmsapa who works in London for the Methodist church group came to our aid and paid for two return tickets to Portsmouth.”
On arriving on the island, Richard received an email from the manager of the Brunswick Hotel offering free dinner, bed and breakfast.
He said: “It was a long day but it was worth it. I got chatting to a man in the lounge at Euston railway station who said I’d inspired him to go to the doctors and get checked. If I can save just one life, then I’m happy.”
He added: “For people to be so generous and helpful, especially in this financial climate is wonderful.”
With sponsorship and donations from a Pimms promotion on Virgin Trains, Richard and Karen have now collected more than £2,000.