Boxer is inspired by Ben

Antony Richards with Ben Ashworth
Antony Richards with Ben Ashworth
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A man from Preston, living with terminal cancer who has completed a staggering 12 marathons has proved to be the inspiration behind another charity challenge.

Antony Richards, an employee of HGS at Tulketh Mill, Preston, met dad-of-three Ben Ashworth from Broadgate, Preston on a charity run two weeks ago and after learning of his fundraising efforts, pledged his support to the organisation Ben has already raised over £15,000 for.

On his Just Giving fundraising page, Antony said: “I follow Ben’s page on Facebook and saw, Ben had ran six marathons in six months to raise awareness for Beating Bowel Cancer.

“I find this admirable and inspiring.”

In tribute to Ben’s efforts, on Sunday April 19, Antony will be taking part in a charity boxing match at Evoque night club in Preston, in aid of Beating Bowel Cancer.

Antony is looking for sponsorship and has to raise at least 50 pounds to take part!

Having started his training seven weeks ago, Antony has been training with the professional boxers so that he can be pushed to his limits before the fight.

He said: “The charity provides vital practical and emotional help – on the phone, digitally and face to face.

“They are proud to run the UK’s only nurse-led specialist helpline for bowel cancer which patients call a lifeline.”

Tickets to attend the charity boxing match are £20 each for those who want to go along to support.

To pledge your support and sponsor Antony visit his fundraising page at