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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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Cumbrian man on track for mammoth charity challenge

Cancer fundraiser Kelvin Wood has now completed four of his five challenges for Macmillan Cancer Support.

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Kelvin Wood

The 41-year-old, from Scaleby, near Carlisle, launched his Big 5 For Macmillan to mark the fifth anniversary of the death of his father, Lance Wood, and the fifth year of his LW Rock 4 Macmillan gigs.

With this year’s gig just two weeks away, he has now completed all but one of the challenges which were set for him by members of the public.

They were to climb the three peaks in 24 hours, a skydive, to write and perform his own song and the latest, to play five gigs in one weekend.

As it happened he actually ended up completing seven shows, performing alongside some of his favourite acts.

It kicked off on August 8, when he arrived at Mirehouse Labour Club in Whitehaven at 5pm to join Sam Davidson on stage at a wedding.

After a couple of songs he and his support team headed straight off to Blackpool, where he performed alongside Black Lace at the Merry England Bar.

The day didn’t end there, with Kelvin then travelling all the way back to The Plough at Millom to perform a 45-minute set with Plastic Paddy.

On the Saturday he started at Egremont Catholic Club, playing with Steve Byrne, then went on to the Netherhall Old Boys’ club in Maryport to perform with Big D. The day was rounded off with an additional gig at the town’s Top Tap pub with Micky Diamond.

Finally on Sunday the challenge was rounded off with a gif at the Black Lion, Hethersgill, with Just James.

Kelvin explained that the gig list gradually grew for various reasons and he had only planned to perform one song at each – but he enjoyed it so much he kept playing.

“It was a proper road trip and really good fun. It was a challenge to fit it all in but it was worth it – we raised £623 over the weekend,” he said.

Kelvin is now focusing his attention on the big event – the LW Rock 4 Macmillan concert – which takes place on Saturday, September 13 at the Shepherd’s Inn, Rosehill, Carlisle.

This year’s event has long been sold out, with the bill including Mick Miller, from the Original Comedians; Tom Hingley, formerly of the Inspiral Carpets; Big D, Kenickie, Broken English, the Mustangs and Kelvin himself.

But afterwards he won’t be able to relax as there is still one challenge yet to complete – the Great Cumbrian Run.

Kelvin, who had never ran before, is training hard for the event and is set to compete at this weekend’s Cross Border Challenge as a warm-up.

He will then be ready to tackle the Carlisle half marathon on Sunday, October 5.

Together he hopes his efforts will raise thousands for Macmillan Cancer Support.

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