Walk for Glo brings in £14,000

Published on: 02 May 2017

A BRISTOL Rovers fan has smashed a £10,000 fundraising target in memory of his wife Gloria who died following complications during brain surgery.

Mark Brimson raised an incredible £14,000 - which included on and offline donations - for Headway Bristol, a charity that helps people with brain injuries live as independently as possible.

It follows a number of fundraisers, the most notable being a recent 'Walk for Glo" sponsored trek with eight friends from the home of Plymouth Argyle FC to Bristol Rovers' base at the Memorial Stadium.

His sterling efforts have not gone unnoticed and now Mark has been asked to become an ambassador for the charity.

"It's a massive privilege for me," Mark said. "It means I can carry on doing things for the charity and raising money. We will probably do another event with the team that did the walk as they are all really keen."

The walk took place from March 20-24 and involved the team of nine walking around eight hours a day and covering a total of 127 miles.

Mark, 42, said: "The first sense was that of relief! I'm really proud of the whole team. Everyone was fantastic"

For Mark, pictured left punching the air as he crosses tbe finish line, the campaign was a positive way to mark the 10th anniversary of his wife Gloria's death.

Gloria, who was 33 when she died, was diagnosed with an AVM  - Arteriovenous Malformation - a cluster of abnormal blood vessels in the brain. She underwent a 15-hour operation to remove the vessels but sadly died on June 7, 2007 from complications.

He said: "I set out with the aim that the fundraising would help me move forward and get on with my life and I feel like I've been able to achieve that."

Mark, who runs a business providing till systems and credit and debit card machines, said the walk had cemented great friendships.

"We all kept each other going. There were some tough moments because 26 miles a day is one hell of a trek. Everyone brought something different to the mix and it was a fantastic experience. Gloria's sister walked the last couple of miles with us, which was great.

"Everything changed for us on the Friday afternoon when Headway Bristol brought along the people who use their services to meet us. We realised what this was all about - helping others - and that was a big moment for us. Having come out of the worst experience of my life, it was quite nice to experience one of the best. I think Gloria would have been really proud."

Mark is organising a dinner and dance at the Holiday Inn, Filton on Friday June 9 and tickets cost £39. To book email markbrimson@gmail.com

To donate to the Gloria Brimson Foundation for Headway Bristol visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Mark-Brimson1


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