Leyland grandad raises funds for friend

Alan Houston and Len Dobbs at Leyland and Farington Social Club
Alan Houston and Len Dobbs at Leyland and Farington Social Club
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Leyland granddad and former sergeant major Alan Houston enjoyed a well-deserved pint with pal Len Dobbs at Leyland and Farington Social Club after walking the length of Hadrian’s Wall, raising £1,200 for Rosemere Cancer Foundation to boot.

Alan, 67, of Canberra Road, took five days to complete his 89-mile trek from Wallsend to Bowness on Solway – a journey he made as a ‘thank you’ to Rosemere for support it gave to Len, 78, also of Leyland, when he was being treated for prostate cancer.

Although the pair had talked about doing the walk together, it was agreed Alan, who served with the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards before starting a managerial career with security company G4S, made the trek on his own while Len organised a raffle at the social club where both are members.

Among local businesses supporting the raffle with prize donations were Heaven and Earth, Helen Pilkington Estate Agents, Barry Atkinson Jewellers, Wardrobe Ladies’ Wear, Centurion Gallery, One Call for Car Care, VIP Nails, Leyland Electrical, Lakeside Coffee House, the local Spar store and Crown Barbers.

As well as buying tickets, a number of fellow Leyland and Farington Social Club members also gave various bottles of spirits as prizes. Alan, who is married to Joan and has two sons and two grandsons, said: “The walk and the raffle went much better than we expected as we thought we would raise around £700. To have raised an additional £500 is just brilliant and we are very grateful to everyone who gave raffle prizes, bought tickets and sponsored me.

“I managed the walk as planned with only a couple of blisters and a missing toenail the worse for wear!”

Rosemere Cancer Foundation fund-raises to bring cancer treatment and services to patients throughout Lancashire and South Cumbria via their local hospitals and also, through the specialist regional Rosemere Cancer Centre at the Royal Preston Hospital.

It spends the donations it receives on vital equipment, research and training, which the NHS is unable to fund.

It also funds patient welfare projects, including providing free access to complementary therapies for those going through treatment, and working to make the surroundings in which treatment is given more patient-friendly.

For further information, visit its website at www.rosemere.org.uk.