Chan­nel swim­mer raises £1k in aid of friend with can­cer

Rossendale Free Press - - Family Announcements -

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.”

Steve Mar­shall

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