Challenge to say ‘thanks’ to carers

A Pennine Way challenge for Richard Crossland
A Pennine Way challenge for Richard Crossland

A man who has fought off cancer three times in three years is undertaking a 270-mile walking challenge to say “thank you’ to those who have cared for him.

When Richard Crossland, of Todmorden, walks the Pennine Way between May 18 and June 7 with friend, trainer and co-walker Brian Windle, he is aiming to raise £5,000 for Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust’s colorectal unit and Macmillan unit, and also Rays of Hope at St James’ Hospital in Leeds which funds research into creating a vaccine for liver cancer.

The 67-year-old has been cared for by surgeons, chemotherapy nurses and colorectal specialist nurses at the trust and it has now been nine months since a reoccurrence.

He said: “I would like to thank all the dedicated professionals for their absolute excellence and their power of positive thought, self-belief and support throughout. This walk is just a little way of giving something back to the cancer units for all that they have done for me, my wife and our family.”

Richard has been treated for bowel, liver and lung cancer.

If anybody would like to sponsor Richard on his walking quest, visit his website, which has been set up by friend Mike Pritchard.