Richard’s walk of courage

Tough Challenge: Richard Anderson with his wife Karen Anderson and friends of Central Methodist Church
Tough Challenge: Richard Anderson with his wife Karen Anderson and friends of Central Methodist Church
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Terminally-ill dad-of-one Richard Anderson will fight through the pain barrier to complete a 24-mile walk for charity.

The 43-year-old, who was diagnosed with testicular cancer last August, then soon after was told it had spread to his pancreas, will trek from Preston to Blackpool on Sunday, August 3.

He said: “I wanted something to aim for and to keep fit.

“I will be in pain, and people coming with me will be taking a wheelchair along just in case I need it, but I don’t want to use it. I’ll feel ashamed of myself if I’ve put all the effort into organising it and I don’t do it.

“If the cancer doesn’t kill me the 24 mile walk will.”

Richard, who has had to give his job in the hotel industry because of his illness, hopes to raise more than £500 for Cancer Research UK. He will also be holding a sponsored coffee morning on September 26 for Macmillan Cancer Research.

He said: “I tried to get a Macmillan nurse to come out to me, but there weren’t enough available. I think it’s terrible that they have to struggle and rely on charity funding.

“I’m supporting Cancer Research because they’re getting close to a cure for cancer - not in my lifetime, but maybe in my daughter’s.”

Richard’s 16-year-old daughter Jade, his wife Karen, and a dozen friends, family and church members aged up to 70 will be joining him on the walk, setting off from the Central Methodist Church in Lune Street, Preston.

He added: “When I was diagnosed we were depressed and angry and fearful, but now we’re trying to be positive. The pain I can deal with, but it’s the emotional side of things that can be a struggle. But the church has helped with this. I had lost my faith for many years, but when this happened, I started talking to the minister and the church has made a wonderful contribution.”

The walk, to Richard, Karen and Jade’s former hometown, will follow main roads from Preston Docks, along the Freckleton Bypass, through Warton and Lytham, and into Blackpool.