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Dan's building up to the Great Wall

6th September 2016

DAN Berrisford is building up to the charity run of a lifetime…along the Great Wall of China.

Leek United Mortgage and Savings Product Manager Dan has already secured his place to take part in the Great Wall Marathon – one of the toughest in the world – in May 2017.

And as he prepares, he has organised a series of events in aid of two charities close to his heart – kicking off with a fundraising football match at Leek Town FC on Wednesday, 14th September.

“I don’t believe in doing things by halves, and I’ve always wanted to visit China, so when a mate from our running club, Stoke FIT (Friends In Training) suggested the Great Wall marathon, I jumped at the chance,” said Dan, of Northwood, Stoke-on-Trent.

“I’ve already paid for the trip to China and the race fees out of my own pocket, which means that every penny I can raise between now and then will go directly to charity.”

The two causes Dan will divide his fundraising between are the Stroke Unit at the Royal Stoke University Hospital – where his aunty’s life was saved after a suspected severe stroke (which turned out to be viral meningitis) last year – and Bloodwise*, an organisation dedicated to improving the lives of patients with all types of blood cancer, following a colleague’s ongoing battle with leukaemia.

On Wednesday (14th September), Dan will be part of a Leek United XI taking on a team from the Stoke City Community Trust at Leek Town’s Harrison Park ground. Gates open at 5.30pm with kick-off at 6.30pm, and a charity raffle will also be held on the night.

“I can’t make any promises about the standard of football, but any support we can get will be greatly appreciated – it’s all about the charities, after all,” said Dan.

“I’m also hoping I don’t pick up any injuries – there are apparently over 5,100 steps to climb on the Great Wall Marathon, in addition to the run itself!


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