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March 18, 2003

Sponsorship appeal for a marathon task

From: Northwich Guardian, UK - Mar 18, 2003

A DELAMERE man, preparing to run the London marathon in testament to his son is appealing for sponsors to help him raise more than £1,500.

William Bell, aged 61 is running the 26.4 mile race in aid of the Royal National Institute for the Deaf, of which William's 16-year-old son is a member.

William said: "I hope to raise at least £1,500 for the institute so far I have received about £820 and still working hard to get the target before April 13.

"I know there are many people in the Cheshire area who are deaf or hard of hearing and it would be nice if the readers could support me.

"I would be running for them as well as for my son Andrew who is hard of hearing."

William began running more than three years ago after receiving Physiotherapy for a leg injury fro the Northwich Victoria Infirmary.

Since then he has gradually built up his distances from short one and two mile runs until he began attempting several 10km runs in Germany, North Wales and Chester Zoo.

He is now confident that he is up to the challenge of completing a full marathon.

William said: "If all goes well in this year's London Marathon, my aim is to go and run in next year's New York marathon."

William and Andrew will be selling special badges in aid of the charity from 10.30am on April 16 at the Forest Commission's new centre in Delamere Forest.

If you would like to make a donation to support William's charity run, contact him on 01606 883706 or email

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