Braunston men face mammoth run to Anfield to support friend with bowel cancer

Two men from Braunston took on a 150-mile trek to the Liverpool FC home ground in Anfield to support their friend, who has bowel cancer.

Friday, 16th April 2021, 11:57 am
Updated Friday, 16th April 2021, 11:58 am
The walkers have raised thousands for charity.
The walkers have raised thousands for charity.

John Andrews, also from Braunston, was diagnosed with incurable and inoperable stage four bowel cancer in 2019 aged 48.

Friends Chris Edge and Andy Canning have just covered 150 miles from John's favourite pub, The Admiral Nelson, to Anfield, the home of Liverpool Football Club - John's beloved football team.

They mostly followed a canal-side route and have helped raise thousands of pounds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Chris and John celebrate their arrival at Liverpool.

Chris, who is a member of Daventry Road Runners and one of the Daventry Parkrun directors, said: "We wanted to raise money for Macmillan who have been helping our mate John, who has unfortunately got stage 4 bowel cancer.

"He was there to wave us off but due to his radiotherapy, he wasn’t well enough to travel to see us finish."

The friends said they have been 'overwhelmed' with generous donations and support.

"We've gone well over our target that we set of raising £2,021 each," added Chris.

Chris and John pictured outside the football club with the iconic statue of Bob Paisley carrying an injured Emlyn Hughes off the pitch.

They have raised £8,181 for the cancer charity.

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ynwajohn or www.justgiving.com/team/YNWAJohn for the team page.

Celebrating the end of their hike with the statue of former Liverpool FC manager Bill Shankly.