“I won’t stop till I’m bed-ridden” – that’s the vow of cancer-fighter Richard Anderson, who is about to set off on his latest fund-raising mission.
The father-of-one was diagnosed with testicular cancer in August 2013, then soon after was told it had spread to his pancreas and was inoperable.
Since the news, he’s had to give up his job in the hotel industry, but with wife Karen has set about raising cash for Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Cancer Support with sponsored walks, hitch-hikes, shoe shining and cycling challenges.
His latest adventure will see the couple walking 204 miles from Cardiff to Preston over seven days.
They will take in Merthyr Tydfil, the Brecon Beacons, Llandrindod Wells, Newtown, Oswestry and Chester. But the challenge will be tougher this time, as a tumour in Richard’s brain is causing sight loss.
Richard, who lives in central Preston, said: “The tumour is progressing quickly, quicker than we thought, and because of my sight I now need someone with me 24/7.
“It’s going to be tough, but I’m determined and I’ve got Karen with me. The walk will give us a chance to sit and reflect and be together, creating memories in case the worst should happen sooner than we hope.
“It also gives me a chance to see more of this beautiful country and raise money for charity.”
So far Richard has raised about £7,000, and on the latest walk, starting on January 31, the couple will be carrying donation buckets.
He said he has been overwhelmed with the response of hotels offering free-of-charge stays on their journey.
“People’s generosity has been amazing”, said Richard.
“I do have down times, I find that when I’m not thinking about my next challenge I’m thinking about what is to come, but I was given a very good piece of advice once.
“A girl said to me that it’s not about the people you’re leaving behind, it’s about the people you’ve not met yet.
“And it’s so true. Since I’ve been doing these challenges I’ve met some wonderful people and some have become great friends. People are also getting to know me and Karen more and are asking more questions, raising awareness of cancer, which is what I want.”
To sponsor Richard, or speak to him about his cancer journey, call him on 07541217049.