Climax At Lake Vyrnwy
For the past 12 months our Brenda
has been organising various fund raising events for her grandson Callum who
suffers from cerebral palsy.
At the last count Brenda has
raised nearly £8000 towards her goal of £10,000 for the Phoenix Centre and
Ridgehill in Wordsley
Callum was born on the 30th
November 2003 and unfortunately he was eight weeks premature. Within the last
year doctors have confirmed that he has Cerebral Palsy and needs to attend
hospital appointments to monitor his progress.
On Tuesdays he goes to Ridge Hill
for physiotherapy which will hopefully enable him to walk as well as seeing a speech therapist as
cannot talk yet.
He also attends a special needs nursery twice a week called
The Phoenix Centre, where he has one to one play and learn sessions.
needs to undergo an operation on the
back of his heels to loosen some muscles but like all operations, if things
don't work out, it could mean that he will never be able to walk at all.
Lake Vyrnwy - End Of A Gruelling Year
final fundraising event took place on Sunday 8th September when over 50
Dudley Ladies took part in this years Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon.
It was the end of a gruelling non stop year
for Brenda with one fund raising event or function after another but the money has come in and we
are just waiting to see what the final total is.
Everyone has been very supportive of Brenda, non more so that Mary
Lavender and Nick Walton who have both gone well out of there way
to help in any way that they could.
And even on the day of the race, a raffle
raised over a £100 on the coach, plus the coach
from Stourbridge Running Club that was parked next to us heard about
Brenda's cause and had a whip round amongst themselves to raise another £45.
So a big thank you to everyone at Stourbridge RC in general and Anna Garratt
Even people that couldn't run on the day turned up to support Brenda and
these included Nick and Julie Walton who followed the runners on
their bikes taking many of the photos that you see on the website and giving
support and encouragement along the way, Medina Stevens and her family
(including the dog) were also there as well as Dave Bell, Neil
Grigat-Bradley and many others too
numerous to mention.
With regards the race itself, first home for the club was Petra
Grigat-Bradley, followed by Carrie Creamer and Melanie Hodges.
Many of our ladies were either running their first half marathon or else
Our super veteran lady Marion Willetts again ran a blinder, with Isobelle
Stavenuiter, Amanda Dingley, Ann Pedley, Nikki Freeman, Janet Beardsmore and
Penelope Ladd all performing brilliantly.
Bird, Gloria Bell, Kay Shotton, Jackie Fellows, Karen Bryan, Natalie Dellar
and all the others too numerous to mention all ran with huge smiles on their
faces and were a credit to the club
Special mentions must be made of Rita and
of course Mary Lavender again who talked Brenda to
death for nearly three hours in order to keep her going, which she did,
running all the way without stopping to walk even though she was carrying a
leg injury that had stopped her training for the last three weeks.
The conditions for this year were ideal for running and everyone said that
they thoroughly enjoyed it and did better than they expected.
This race has got to be one of the best days out we've had for ages.
Thanks to everyone for making it a Brilliant Day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
On Tuesday11th September, Rita presented Brenda with a trophy engraved
with the words "Star Fundraiser" plus a bouquet of flowers and a
cheque for £500 as a donation from the club.
Mary Lavender and Nick Walton were also presented with flowers and
similar "Star Helper" trophies.
Petra, Carrrie and Melanie were given their race trophies and a number of
others shown below were given bouquets of flowers for doing exceptionally well on the
Carrie gave a particularly moving speech when she received her award and
summed up what Dudley Ladies is all about but star of the evening without
doubt was Brenda, who was moved to tears while giving her thank you speech
by everyone's outstanding generosity and support.
For information about Callum, to monitor his progress or to make a donation, please click on his picture
on the right or email