Taking the high road to raise cancer cash

Picture shows Terminally ill cancer man Richard Ashcroft is going to walk home from Edinburgh over 7 nights from November 3, some nights having to sleep rough'Pictures by Paul Currie'www.paulcurriephotos.com'07796146931
Picture shows Terminally ill cancer man Richard Ashcroft is going to walk home from Edinburgh over 7 nights from November 3, some nights having to sleep rough'Pictures by Paul Currie'www.paulcurriephotos.com'07796146931
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In his bid to reach £3,000 for Cancer Research UK, terminally-ill Richard Anderson is preparing to walk alone from Edinburgh to Preston.

Richard, of Thorpe Close, Preston, hopes to complete the 196 mile journey in seven days, and although he’s managed to secure some accomodation free of charge, faces having to spend some nights in a sleeping bag.

He said: “I’ve not seen most of Scotland, so it should be fun.

“It’s the first fundraising challenge I’ve done on my own though, because my wife Karen has to stay at home to look after our daughter and pets.

“She’s a bit worried about me going, and has made me get a mobile for the first time in five years, but I’m not daft, if I’m feeling very unwell, I’ll get on a train and come home.”

The 43-year-old will get a train to Edinburgh on November 3, and his route takes him along A-roads, first to Peebles, then to Moffat and on to Lockerbie, Carlisle, Penrith, Kendal, Lancaster and then back in Preston.

He added: “I’m 50/50 on whether I’ll make it. I am struggling now, I’m starting to get tired now and having to use my stick more. I’m going to take a letter with me with all my details on, so if I collapse or am very unwell, then whoever finds me will know.”

The 43-year-old former hotel worker was diagnosed with testicular cancer last August, then soon after was told it had spread to his pancreas.

Since July he has taken part in a sponsored walk from Preston to Blackpool, has hitchhiked his way from Preston to the Isle of Wight, and has cycled thousands of miles on an exercise bike. In total, he and friends have managed to raise £2,600 in sponsorship for Cancer Research UK.

He said: “I’d like to reach my £3,000 target, that would be nice. I know I’ve said it before, but I do think this will be my last challenge.”

Richard has thanked the staff at Cash Generator in Preston who have funded his train ticket, printed t-shirts and first night’s hotel stay.

He has also praised wife Karen, saying: “People say I’m an inspiration doing all this, but really it’s Karen who is the inspiration. She’s the one who has to put up with me being sick, with all my tablets and my moods. She’s the one who keeps me going.”

To donate, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/LondontoPrestonwalk/