A CANCER patient is gearing up to take on what is known as Britain’s toughest walking trail despite a major setback.

Martyn Wells, aged 50, has malignant melanoma and recently had to learn how to walk again after immunotherapy treatment led to him getting double pneumonia and sepsis.

Mr Wells spent 15 days on a life support machine but has not given up hope of taking on the 245-mile Cape Wrath Trail in 10 days.

He hopes to use the challenge to raise £100,000 to support the work of Macmillan nurses.

Mr Wells, from Worcester said: “I have been hit with a major setback. However, I don’t have the time to let this hold me back and with the tremendous support I’ve received from (employer) Wright Hassall, my colleagues, and my friends I am already back in training.

“We are heading out far from society so there is much more to focus on than just fitness.

“We have to ensure we are in contact with rescue teams and plan out how to keep in touch with civilisation, as well as focusing on diet and preparing for different weather and environmental challenges.”

Mr Wells added: “I would say I feel a mixture of excitement and anticipation right now.

“The more I challenge myself, the bigger the exposure for the good work of Macmillan will be, so I have all of the motivation I need there.”

Mr Wells, who discovered he had cancer in March 2017, has received support during his battle from his employer and staff will also be hosting fundraising events in the run up to him setting off on August 31 to help boost his total.

The Cape Wrath Trail starts in Fort William, a town in Scotland, making its way through landscapes in the UK to arrive some 240 miles or so later at the UK’s north western extremity, Cape Wrath.

Mr Wells will be posting regular updates on his preparations at www.capewrathtrail2019.com

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