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STFC duo gearing up for charity run

21 March 2014

Andrew Tretton and Martin Solon run for Nina

Former Shrewsbury Town captain Andrew Tretton and fellow Greenhous Meadow employee Martin Solon are stepping up their training ahead of running the Liverpool Half Marathon next month.
They will be pounding the streets of the Merseyside city on March 23 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.
A new wheelchair will completely change her life, and now Martin, who is front of house manager at the Greenhous Meadow, and former Town skipper Andrew, commercial sales executive at the club, hope to raise as much money as possible.

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

The idea of raising the money Nina needs for a wheelchair which will enable her to take part in activities she's currently restricted from stemmed from her other brother Shane who often came up with different fund raising ideas.  
Shane sadly passed away so now Martin has taken 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." 
Andrew, who has taken part in both the Great North Run and Great Birmingham Run recently, added he was pleased to be running for such a worthy cause.
He said: "I was looking to do another charity run and, after talking with Martin and hearing all about Nina's story, I'm hoping to help raise as much money as possible.
"People have already been very generous and it would be lovely to raise a bit more to help Nina get her wheelchair."
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