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Fulwood resident won’t let coronavirus get in the way of annual fundraiser

Posted on - 23rd July, 2020 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Fulwood, Health, People, Preston News
John with his family before his first fundraising challenge in Paris
John with his family before his first fundraising challenge in Paris

A Fulwood resident is planning to walk the Preston Guild Wheel to raise funds for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation.

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John Farnden, 66, will be walking the 23 miles from his home around the Guild Wheel and back on Saturday 19 September.

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He will be accompanied by his daughters Leonie and Amanda, and son-in-law Paul Gill, as he takes on what will be his fifth consecutive annual fundraising challenge for the charity – but not the one he had planned for 2020.

John had signed up to the Foundation’s 10-day expedition to Peru, which was meant to set out in October, but has now been cancelled due to coronavirus.

The Guild Wheel sees more than 100,000 journeys each year Pic: Tony Worrall
The Guild Wheel sees more than 100,000 journeys each year Pic: Tony Worrall

John said: “I still hope to do the Inca Trail but while I’m fit and able, I want to continue with my challenges to help Rosemere Cancer Foundation in memory of my late son-in-law Ric Clark, who would have celebrated his 40th birthday eight days before the walk.”

Ric died of stomach cancer aged 35 in December 2015, and since then John has cycled from London to Paris, Paris to Geneva and from London to Brussels via Amsterdam on Ric’s bike, which was bequeathed to him.

He also joined Rosemere Cancer Foundation on its first ever fundraising expedition in 2018 to the Great Wall of China.

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Rosemere Cancer Foundation works to bring world class cancer treatments and services to cancer patients from throughout Lancashire and South Cumbria being treated at Rosemere Cancer Centre, the region’s specialist cancer treatment centre at the Royal Preston Hospital, and at another eight local hospital cancer units across the two counties.

The charity funds cutting edge equipment, research, training and other cancer services and therapies that the NHS is unable to afford.

To make a donation, visit John’s JustGiving page.

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