AN amputee is preparing to take on a gruelling trek in Peru to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Dad Wez Marlow, who grew up in Redditch, is set to take on the Inca Trail to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu in May.

A prosthetic leg has never held the 36-year-old back, having previously taken part in a charity boxing match in Birmingham.

Having survived testicular cancer himself, Mr Marlow, who attended Moatfield Middle School and Arrow Vale, is aiming to raise £4,000 for Cancer Research UK.

He said: “I’m proof that if you set your mind to something you can do it and I’ve never let my prosthetic leg hold me back.

“Sometimes I do too much and I end up in a wheelchair for a couple of weeks.

“The last time that happened was after a family trip to Legoland but generally I manage it quite well.

“After having had cancer myself and losing friends and family to the disease, I wanted to do something else to raise funds.”

Mr Marlow, who now lives in Winchcombe, is also taking in weekly boxing training sessions to ensure he is in shape for his nine-day trip.

His job also helps keep him in shape – Wez runs Marlow’s Cleaning Services which employs a team of five.

The company have been busy carrying out Covid-19 deep cleans as well as all their regular jobs.

He added: “It definitely helps having an active job and although I’m not looking forward to wearing a mask for the long flight out there, I can’t wait to take this challenge on.”

“I know this will probably be one of the toughest challenges I have set myself but I am 100 per cent determined to see it through."

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