Preston dad takes next step in brave battle to raise £10,000 for charity

Richard and Karen Anderson
Richard and Karen Anderson
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Cancer fighter Richard Anderson says he hasn’t given up on his £10,000 charity goal, despite failing health.

The 44-year-old, who was diagnosed with testicular cancer in August 2013, which later spread to his pancreas and his brain, had to cut short a charity walk from Cardiff to Preston in January because of illness.

But now, despite loosing his sight, constant pain and memory loss, he is determined to get back on his feet for another walk at the end of the month with wife Karen.

The dad-of-one said: “Life goes on and charity help cannot wait, and because of this me and Karen have started to organise our next fantastic challenge.”

This time the couple, who live in central Preston, will be walking 140 miles from Scarborough to Preston calling in at York, Bradford, Leeds and particularly Keighley where Karen grew up.

During their trip they will also climb onto the moors at Keighley to pay their respects to Karen’s late father Bert whose ashes are scattered there.

Richard said: “Karen has done so much for me that we thought it a great idea to see him before I actually get to meet him.

“But also, I want to get out and see places I haven’t been to before, and I think all the walking is keeping me fit.

“We’ve already had offers to stay from hotels, and we’re looking forward to it.

“I am loosing my eyesight and I have to have someone with me 24 hours a day now, but I promised I’d raise £10,000 for cancer charities before I’m gone.

“The terrain will be quite steep and I might have to do it in shorter bursts and rest a bit longer, but I’m determined to get there.”

So far the couple have raised in the region of £7,000 for Cancer Research UK through a series of sponsored walks, cycles and shoe shines.

They also travelled from London to the Isle of Wight for less than £20, thanks to the kindness of strangers and donations from businesses.

On this journey they will be collecting en route and businesses in the Yorkshire area will also have buckets in public areas.

To help Richard reach his £10,000 goal, call 01772 200080.