Graham lets his feet do the talking

A FANTASTIC ACHIEVEMENT: Graham Gilbert with his Sudbury Fun Run medal.
A FANTASTIC ACHIEVEMENT: Graham Gilbert with his Sudbury Fun Run medal.

For nearly 20 years, Marion Blower provided help to adults with learning difficulties at Sudbury Resource Centre.

Graham Gilbert was one of the hundreds of people to benefit from Marion’s kind and caring approach to everyday life.

With the paralysed former charity boss now requiring help of her own, Graham stepped in to return the favour.

The 53-year-old, who has partial cerebral palsy, has just raised £600 in aid of our Marion Blower appeal after completing the walking section of Sudbury Fun Run.

“Graham has been at the centre for a considerable number of years and was there throughout Marion’s time,” said Adrian Gilbert, who lives with his brother in Abbey Road, Sudbury.

“She has had a significant affect and influence on him as an individual and has greatly assisted him.”

Graham has often taken part in the annual race, usually running the five-mile distance, and has collected thousands of pounds for charities including Helping Hands and Mencap.

This year, with age catching up with him, he opted to walk the route and there was only one cause he had in mind.

“He was very disturbed and concerned when he heard about Marion’s accident and he wanted to do his bit,” said Mr Gilbert.

“He is exceedingly well-known around the town and, when it comes to sponsorship, he won’t take no for an answer. To raise what he has is a fantastic achievement and I am sure Marion would be thrilled.”

Mrs Blower is still in hospital on a specialist spinal injuries ward after breaking her neck in a fall down a flight of stairs at her home last April.

An appeal, supported by the Free Press, raised £8,600 to buy an electric wheelchair to improve her independence and a further £1,000, which will go towards other vital equipment she needs, has now been collected.