“We all feel strongly about this...”

Pictured are Orchid charity walkers Archie Simpson, Phillip Bowmer and Gary Plant who will be part of a team taking on a coast-to-coast trek to help those with cancers affecting males.

Pictured are Orchid charity walkers Archie Simpson, Phillip Bowmer and Gary Plant who will be part of a team taking on a coast-to-coast trek to help those with cancers affecting males.

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A SUPER team of eight intrepid adventurers are taking on a 192 mile coast-to-coast hike to raise money for a specialised charity which battles cancers affecting male victims.

Organiser and walker Archie Simpson, 68, of North Wingfield, told how the gang decided to take on the trek from St Bees, in Cumbria, to Robin Hood’s Bay, in Yorkshire, after three of the walkers and another close friend have been affected by male-related cancer concerns.

He said: “Myself and my friends Geoff Dalton and Phillip Bowmer are on a prostate cancer programme at Chesterfield Royal Hospital undergoing checks every six months and one of our friends who is no longer able to do the walk has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and is under-going treatment.

“The UK Orchid charity is responsible for vital research into male cancer particularly prostate and testicular cancer and this is something we all feel strongly about so we’re determined to complete our trek and raise hundreds of pounds for this worthy cause.”

Archie has been joined by friends Geoff, of Winster, Phillip, of Ashover, both aged 70, Gary Plant, of Baslow, Freddie Farbrother, of York, both aged 60, and three friends who have travelled from Australia to take part including Jon Scott, Chris and Debbie Absalom.

The walk is scheduled to take place between Wednesday, September 12, and is due to be completed on September 25, and the group’s aim is to raise about £2,000 in sponsors for Orchid.

Sponsors are welcome by visiting www.justgiving.com/sevenoldblokesandasheila and for details about Orchid see www.orchid-cancer.org.uk.