A CANCER patient who promised to help sick children as he battled though the disease has launched a coast to coast charity walk.
Barry Pringle’s fight against bowel cancer saw him visit hospital waiting rooms and wards alongside patients much younger than himself.
And the 50-year-old car worker vowed that if he recovered he would do something to help child and teenage cancer patients.
Although Barry, from King Terrace, South Moor, Stanley, County Durham, has had some setbacks in his fight against the illness, he is keeping the promise he made to himself this week.
While he is not fit enough yet to walk the 84 miles from Wallsend in North Tyneside to Bowness on the west coast he will be doing his bit to help son-in-law Mark Boyd and his pal Michael Dynes, who are setting off tomorrow.
Barry said. “This is obviously a cause that is close to my heart but I decided that after what I went through that it must be a lot worse for children and their families.
“I decided to do something to raise money for the children’s and teenage cancer ward at Newcastle’s RVI.
“The money will go towards providing items such as PlayStations to make their stay as bearable as possible.”
Barry had intended to complete the walk himself with his son-in-law but due to complications with his treatment his chemotherapy was extended and under doctors’ advice he had to withdraw.
He added: “I was devastated when the doctors told me that I could not take part, but I am delighted that Michael and Mark can. I would like to raise as much as I can to make these brave children a little more comfortable while they are receiving treatment.
“My employers Nissan Sunderland have been fantastic through my illness. They have even supplied a free support vehicle for the duration of the walk”.
Mark, 40, of Quaking Houses, Stanley, married to Barry’s daughter Claire, a nurse, said: “When doctors advised Barry he should not try to complete the walk he agreed to provide the back-up driving support. Michael readily agreed to take his place on foot.
“We work together for Durham County Council in the children and young people’s services department and wanted to do something to help Barry raise funds. We have set aside four days for the walk, setting off on Tuesday. We hope to cover 22 miles the first day, 18 on each of the next two days and 26 on the final day. We will be in need of a rest at the finish!”
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