Walton-le-Dale man to take to the high seas for Cancer Research UK

A man is taking on the Irish Sea rowing challenge to raise money for Cancer Research UK in memory of his mum.

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Alex McDonald, of Walton-le-Dale, will be tackling the 28 mile crossing of the North Channel from Larne, Northern Ireland to Portpatrick, Scotland in a double scull boat at the end of July. The 37-year-old decided to attempt the challenge in memory of his mum Kate who died of a gemistocytic astrocytoma – brain tumour last February.


He will be joined in the challenge by Scott Leitch, 26, of County Antrim.


Alex, who ia area sales manager at The Stenaline Freight Ltd, said: “After seeing mum taken far too soon by cancer, I wanted to do something positive to remember her, and everyone affected by cancer, and to help those who may be affected in the future.


“I want to do something that pushes me beyond anything I have done before.


“The challenge will be the culmination of months of training and preparation.


“Living on opposite sides of the Channel means we have had to do most of our training independently.


“I have been rowing in the gym and on Lake Windermere, where I row with Windermere Rowing Club. Scott has been on the rowing machine in his house every night.


“We’re both preparing as best we can, building up the endurance and strength that we’ll need to be able to row consistently for that length of time, but however much we prepare the conditions on the day could turn against us.


“That’s when we’ll have to really dig deep and keep each other going but it’s so motivating to know the money we raise will be helping Cancer Research UK to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.”


Alex and Scott are hoping to raise around £3,000 for life-saving research to help more men, women and children in Preston and across the UK survive the disease.


Jo Moss, Cancer Research UK’s, fund-raising manager for Preston, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Alex and Scott have decided to attempt such a great challenge to raise vital funds for Cancer Research UK.


“They have been doing lots of preparation and training and we’re sure they are going to have an amazing experience. We can’t thank them enough for their support and want to wish Alex and Scott the very best on the day.


“Cancer Research UK has made enormous progress in the fight against cancer. However, we have only been able to do this thanks to the dedication and commitment of our volunteers and supporters without whom we would not be able to fund our research.”


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