Aston Villa captain Leukaemia diagnosis inspires Shropshire man

When Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov revealed he was suffering from Leukaemia in 2011, it was to have a great effect on the life of one Shropshire fan.

The announcement has led to Pete Gough, of Whitchurch, running hundreds of miles across the country and becoming a top fundraiser for Cure Leukaemia.

Pete, who has been a supporter of the club since he was 18, was due to run the New York Marathon to celebrate his upcoming 40th birthday and following the announcement that Petrov was battling Leukaemia he decided that he wanted to support him.

“As a Villa fan I contacted the club to see if they would be happy for me to run the marathon as part of the club’s Support Stan Campaign but was advised that due to the number of people wanting to help it may be better to contact Cure Leukaemia who were helping to treat him,” said Pete.

“Cure Leukaemia were only too happy for me to help so I began to fundraise. I flew out to take part but unfortunately, due to Hurricane Sandy, the race was called off.

“As I had already raised quite a lot of money I still wanted to do something for those people who had donated and so managed, with a fansite, to do a half marathon around the pitch at Villa Park before a home game that season.

“Having enjoyed doing that I decided that I would do something completely mad and last year I ran 310 miles from Glasgow to Birmingham over 13 days, again to raise money for Cure Leukaemia. At the end of the run Stiliyan Petrov was waiting for me which was amazing.”

Pete has so far raised around £9,000 in total for Cure Leukaemia.

And he decided to continue his fundraising but this year, as well as raising funds for Cure Leukaemia - who in 2013 made him their wackiest fundraiser, he will also help other charities.

On August 23 he will leave the Cure Leukaemia headquarters in Birmingham and begin running 225 miles to the headquarters of all four of the charities he is supporting - Cure Leukaemia, Pancreatic Cancer UK and Neuroblastoma Childrens Cancer Alliance (NCCA) in London and Acorns in Birmingham.

For more information visit Pete’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CelticToVillaMarathonHYPERLINK "http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/celtic2villa" and to donate visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/celtic2villa

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