Champ’s new challenge

(left to right) Andrew Fisher, Tom Faulkner, Scott Graham and their friend Tim Kempton
(left to right) Andrew Fisher, Tom Faulkner, Scott Graham and their friend Tim Kempton

A FORMER British Taekwondo champion from Sheffield is putting his best foot forward this weekend to support his cousin who is battling cancer.

Scott Graham, aged 35, of Crosspool, is preparing for a 100-mile walk in aid of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.

He was inspired to take on the challenge after his cousin, Rachel Dodsworth, aged 37, was diagnosed with breast cancer 18 months ago, receiving care at Weston Park Hospital.

Scott, who won the British Taekwondo Championships in 1996 and came third in the European Championships in 2000, said: “After Rachel was diagnosed with cancer, we decided we wanted to do something to help raise funds for the hospital that has looked after her so well.

“The level of care she’s received has been exceptional. It wasn’t until we started to organise the walk that I realised just how many other people have been affected by cancer at some point in their lives.”

Rachel, a mother-of-three, who also lives in Crosspool, had her breast and lymph nodes removed and underwent chemotherapy and radiotherapy at Weston Park Hospital.

Scott aims to raise £10,000 for the cancer charity.

Also taking part will be friends Andy Fisher, a tree surgeon, and Tom Faulkner, a builder. They will start at the Crosspool Tavern before heading through the Mayfield Valley and into the Peak District before returning to the Tavern. Apart from a few rests, the group will walk continuously on Saturday and Sunday.

Scott, a self-employed electrician, said: “Because of my sporting background I’m generally quite fit, so I’m hoping to get through it!”

Rachel said: “Everyone knows someone who has cancer and it’s not just older people – it can affect anyone.”

Donations can be made at the Crosspool Tavern or to Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, endorsed with ‘100 mile walk’ on the back of the cheque.