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LAST week, the Guide & Gazette reported on the efforts of one Carnoustie man to raise money for Maggie’s Cancer Care.

Richard King (43) was hoping to combine his newly founded bootcamp initiative to raise money for the cancer charity which helped him through his own cancer ordeal.

Yesterday (Thursday), Richard held a charity bootcamp at Pitskelly Park, Carnoustie with volunteers taking part asked to give a donation to Maggie’s Cancer Care instead of payment.

Tomorrow (Saturday), Richard will join Bruce Tasker, one of his bootcamp proteges, in taking part in the Maggie’s Monster Bike and Hike Challenge, which will see him cycle 30 miles and then cover a further 24 miles on foot.

Richard said: “I’m looking forward to it but I’m also anxious to be able to test myself.

“I’m looking forward to seeing how well I’ve recovered.”

Richard has been training for more than 30 years, and has been a competitive bodybuilder as well as running his own personal training business at DW Sports in Dundee.

In April, 2010, he was diagnosed with throat cancer and the 10-month treatment was a harrowing experience for him.

He said: “It was very tough. Four cycles of chemotherapy, six and a half weeks of radiation and a five hour surgical neck dissection left me in a terrible state.

“I had lost my speech, had a feeding tube sticking out of my stomach and had lost a quarter of my bodyweight.

“Maggie’s was there for me when I needed to get out of the ward and away from that hospital smell and they are still there for me now.

“This is my way of giving a little back to the staff who helped me so much.”

Anyone interested in helping Richard raise money for Maggie’s Cancer Care can donate online at www.justgiving.com/richard-king6.