Will rows a marathon for his pal Liam

Words and photo by Dave Barry

Scarborough man Will Anderson is rowing a marathon to help a friend with a serious medical condition.

He plans to row the equivalent of a marathon - 26 miles - at the Amateur Rowing Club on 26 August.

Will says: “I have rowed since the age of 11 but I have never done anything as challenging as this. It will be inside or outside, depending on the weather.

“Weʼre raising £500 for Liam Critchett's Next Step, to fund specialist spinal neurological physiotherapy”, says Will, who works with Liam at Schneider Electric in Eastfield.

“As a friend and colleague of Liam's I know what a well-deserving cause this”.

In 2006, a week after his 11th birthday, Liam was diagnosed with an extensive spinal cord tumour.

He says: “This was a huge shock for all my family and me. Seven weeks into chemo, I became a full-time wheelchair user. Prior to this I was a very active sport person, playing football, cricket, squash, tennis, etc”.

Liam, 23, requires an intensive physiotherapy regime, which costs around £13,500 a year.

Donations cane be made via www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/willsmarathonrow.