Mark's a Gashead Hero
Published on: 20 Dec 2017
A BRISTOL Rovers fan says he is honoured to win this year's Gashead Hero award for his charity work.
Downend's Mark Brimson has raised more than £20,000 for Bristol-based charity Headway following the death of his soul mate Gloria in 2007.
Gloria, 33, was diagnosed with an AVM - Arteriovenous Malformation, a cluster of abnormal blood vessels in the brain. She had a 15-hour operation to remove the AVM but died on June 7, 2007 from complications.
Mark's relentless charity work has now been recognised by his favourite football club when he was given the Gashead Hero award 2017 at the club's home game against Southend United on December 9. The award tasted all the sweeter when the Gas beat their opponents 3-0.
Mark received the award from former Rovers players Steve White, Nick Tanner, Vaughan Jones and Gary Penrice, whom he describes as his boyhood heroes.
Mark described the experience of receiving the accolade in front of the cheering crowd as "surreal".
"I was really honoured," said Mark. "It was born out of the fact that it was the 10th anniversary of my wife's death and I decided that I would try to raise money in her memory for a charity. I decided on Headway as Gloria would have benefited from their services had she survived her operation and to date we have raised close to £25,000."
Mark was made Ambassador for Headway, a charity which helps survivors of brain injuries, after he organised a sponsored walk from the home of Plymouth Argyle FC to Bristol Rovers' base at the Memorial Stadium.
Joined by eight friends he met through work and football, Mark raised more more than £14,000. Since then, he has organised other events for Headway, including a dinner and dance at the Holiday Inn in Filton.