When a retired teacher fell off a cliff near Frodsham it ironically proved to be a life-saver.
Graham Sumner, 70, was walking with friends last spring when he fell 25 feet down a sheer cliff near Frodsham.
North West Air Ambulance paramedics quickly airlifted him to Aintree University Hospital where his CT scan showed no broken bones, but a 2.5kg malignant tumour on his kidney and several others throughout his body.
Just over a month later, he was back in hospital having the main tumour removed and today he is making a good recovery.
Now Graham wants to give something back by raising funds for the North West Air Ambulance Charity which keeps the medics and helicopters in the air who rescued him and many others every week.
He has signed up for the Mission Walk on September 25 which allows supporters of the charity to generate cash by putting their best foot forward.
Participants can choose between two scenic routes – a challenging, picturesque 10km or a gentler 8.5km family walk – which will take place in the beautiful Wyresdale Park near Preston.
Graham, of Ormskirk, said: “I feel like I’ve been given a third chance at life. I wanted to raise money for the North West Air Ambulance Charity and the Mission Walk seemed a natural choice, seeing as I had injured myself on a walk yet it was also strangely the walk that saved my life.”
All walkers will receive a t-shirt they can wear with pride on the day and a medal as a reward for completing their mission.
Entry fee is £15 for an adult raising sponsorship and £7.50 for children aged 6-15 years. To register for the Mission Walk please visit www.nwaa.net/missionwalk or call the team on 0800 587 4570.