Channel swimmer raises £1k in aid of friend with cancer
A FIREMAN who braved a Channel swim to raise money for a friend with incurable lung cancer has no regrets after having to stop midway through the crossing.
Steve Marshall, 48, was forced to abandon the gruelling fundraising challenge on behalf of the ‘Andy’s Angels’ fundraising group when he became uncontrollably sick after around seven hours of swimming.
Steve has nevertheless raised more than £1,100 for the group which was set up to raise money for his friend, Andy Shaw.
Andy, a cafe manager and football coach from Haslingden, was diagnosed with incurable lung cancer in March, and the funds will go towards making life for him and his family as comfortable as possible.
Dad-of-two Steve, from Helmshore, and Andy have known each other for more than 10 years.
Steve, who was cheered on by friends Mark Preston, Paul Guest, Nick Martin and Ryan Nuttall, said: “Swimming the Channel is always something that I’ve wanted to do and I have been planning on doing it for a while. I’ve always been a swimmer. I just want to thank everyone who supported me. It was for a good cause.”