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Charity run raises over £1,380

27 March 2014

Andrew Tretton and Martin Solon raise money for Nina

Former Shrewsbury Town captain Andrew Tretton and fellow Greenhous Meadow employee Martin Solon have raised £1,350 with money still flooding in after running the Liverpool Half Marathon.

They pounded the streets of the Merseyside city on Sunday to help raise money for Martin's sister, Nina, who desperately needs a new wheelchair.

Nina, 29, was born with cerebral palsy and her stage of the disability means she is unable to walk and has limited control of her arms and legs.

Andrew, a commercial sales executive at the Greenhous Meadow, completed the course in one hour 44 minutes and 49 seconds, with Martin not far behind in 1:49:24.   
  
“The run itself was pretty tough, especially the last three or four miles into a brutal headwind along the banks of the River Mersey, but Martin and I still managed to enjoy it bizarrely," said Andrew.

"Nina made the trip to Liverpool to cheer us off at the start line and it was great to see her at the finish too.
  
"We were both really pleased with the times but, more importantly, delighted with the fantastic total that people’s generosity has helped us raise, and we would like to thank each and every one of them.

"The figure stands at £1,350 so far but we still have a few bits and pieces to chase up and, of course, you can still donate online at www.gofundme.com/6in75k 

"Nina has not quite raised enough for her new wheelchair just yet, but she’s a bit further down the line thanks to everyone's support."  

Martin added a new wheelchair would completely change his sister's life. 

Nina has already raised in excess of £2,000 through various fundraising events including a paraglide.

A new wheelchair would enable her to take part in activities she's currently restricted from and the idea to raise funds stemmed from their brother Shane who sadly passed away which led to Martin taking it upon himself to finally make a new wheelchair for their sister a reality.

One of the main focuses of Nina wanting to raise the money herself is because of the lack of funding she has received over the years.
 
"This has meant she has not only missed out on a decent wheelchair," said Martin. "But she has also suffered with a lack of help needed to transport her to various activities. 
 
"Most recently her transport to college was stopped unexpectedly so now our mum, who cares for her full time, must pay for something Nina should be entitled to.

"Raising the money for her wheelchair might not solve all the issues, but it would certainly complete a goal started by our late brother almost ten years ago and allow Nina to finally live a life she deserves to."  

PICTURED: Andrew Tretton and Martin Solon with his sister Nina at the end of the Liverpool Half Marathon.




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