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Dig Deep For Gillian

21 December 2012

Look out for the Youth Team squad who will be in and around the ground as Dale welcome Cheltenham Town to Spotland

A bucket collection will be held tonight at Spotland to help Gillian Beech raise the money needed to race in next year’s London Marathon.

Gillian, who is the wife of Youth Team Manager Chris Beech, has been given a Gold Place for the marathon but has to find over £2,000 to secure her spot.

Gillian is running the race to raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, a charity which is very close to her heart.

Chris Beech’s son, Brandon, suffers from Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and his everyday life is a constant battle. Brandon has physio twice a day to remove the mucus that builds up in his lungs as well as using a nebulizer machine twice a day which delivers anti-biotics into his lungs. Brandon also takes around 40 different tablets each day!

Brandon looks healthy on the outside, but with Cystic Fibrosis all the damage is on the inside. CF is one of the UK’s most common life threatening inherited diseases. Each week
two young lives are lost to CF and there are currently 9,000 people in the UK living with the disease.

Gillian Beech, who has never run a marathon before, said: “Brandon is what keeps us going when times are hard, he never moans, he just gets on with life. Loving football, keeping fit and active is what keeps him well and is also our priority. There are times when he has to stay in hospital for two weeks for a boost of anti-biotics and this is a real strain on the family, but seeing him well at the end
is worth all the stress.

“Brandon has always wanted to go to London and loves the Marathon, so this year I said ‘Mum will do that for you next year’… and I am!

“When he found out I had been given a gold place with Team CF he was jumping around the room and seeing his face light up made me even more determined to do this. Seeing his face at the finish line will be worth all the pain!”

You can sponspor Gillian by going to the following Just Giving Page -

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