Keith Ptcher, parishioner at Ss Thomas More and John Fisher in Burley in Wharfedale writes,
‘We are a group of 8 parishioners :Brendan Barrett, Chris Inglehearn, Tom Lally, Keith Pitcher, Colin Robertson, Joe Thompson, Andrea Westhead and Dave Westhead and we’ll be running in this year’s Great North Run on Sunday 15th September.
Our target is to raise a total of £1,500 to support Cafod and another £1,500 to help Callum Hall, a former pupil at our local school, St Mary’s, Menston.
I’ve been running for CAFOD in the Great North Run for many years and our parish is committed to supporting CAFOD’s great work. This year I invited others to join me to make a parish team.
As well was supporting sisters and brothers in our global family, we wanted to help someone close at home too.
In 2012 Callum was diagnosed with a rare infection: an epidural abscess in between his shoulder blades. This abscess burst and damaged his spinal cord causing him to be paralysed from the chest down. Callum underwent life-saving surgery to remove the abscess and has been undergoing treatment to remove the rest of the infection from his spinal cord; however the paralysis still remains. Details of Callum’s progress can be found at http://www.callumhalltrust.com
Callum needs support for continuing physio, equipment and care in his recovery to help him to walk again. He has fundraised for a wheelchair but now needs to pay for expensive surgery to connect broken nerve pathways.
Please donate to CAFOD at our JustGiving page: http://www.justgiving.com/teamfishermore/
Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.
Visit http://callumhalltrust.com/donate/ to donate to Callum – can you include the message ‘TFM’ to say it is from our run.
Of course you can donate to both of our causes!