Vicar on right track to raise cash for cancer

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THE Vicar of Ollerton and Boughton has embarked on a sponsored railway trip around the British Isles to raise cash for kidney cancer.

Sixty-one-year-old the Rev Richard Goodhand, who is currently battling advanced kidney cancer, recently spent a week with the Chad news team, in particular the photographic department.

He is one month into a three-month sabbatical where he will be travelling around the UK and Europe to learn more about how people keep their faith in God.

In October 2009, the Rev Goodhand was diagnosed with advanced kidney cancer and his right kidney was removed two months later.

By then the cancer had spread to his pelvis and now requires continual treatment and after initially being told that his outlook was grim, today things are more hopeful.

Now he is travelling around the railways of Great Britain to raise awareness of the condition and is urging people to make donations to the James Whale Fund for Kidney Cancer.

“When I was discharged from hospital I was told that I hadn’t come through all this without some purpose,” he said.

“These words stayed with me and I want to use my experiences to help other people who may be coming to terms with cancer, and to raise awareness along with helping raise funds for kidney cancer.

l Follow the Rev Goodhand on twitter @RichardGoodhand or email him at revrichard@goodhand.org. To sponsor him visit www.justgiving.com/Richard-Goodhand.