Gillian has a long way to go

By Ian Dipple Friday 07 March 2014 Updated: 07/03 09:48

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A DISABLED woman has begin a gruelling challenge to walk the length of Britain without leaving the borough.

Gillian Dipple started her fund-raising mission on Saturday (March 1) in aid of Birmingham Children’s Hospital which will see her attempt to run, cycle and row the 874 miles between Lands End and John O’Groats.

But instead of taking to the nation’s roads she will do it from a treadmill, rowing machine and bike at Energym off Battens Drive where she is a member.

The Studley resident, who has problems with her right leg meaning she has to wear a brace to help her walk straight, was inspired to take on the daunting challenge after hearing of the story of Andrew Mogg who underwent major heart surgery before his first birthday.

The 39-year-old hopes to raise £2,000 for the cause and estimates it will take about a month, although her progress has been delayed by a head injury following a fall with just 22 miles completed. However Gillian says she will be back on the treadmill as of this weekend and determined to make it to the finish line.

A charity bingo night is also being held on Friday, March 28 at Studley Entaco Club in Eldorado Close from 7.30pm with eyes down at 8pm to further boost the fund-raising total.

Visit www.justgiving.com/gillian-paula-dipple to donate.

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