ThinkBDW employee to pound the treadmill for Breya, 2

24th April 2017

A Colchester mum is calling for support as a team of dedicated fundraisers attempt to run three marathons in 12 hours on Saturday.

Christine Wilmin, 35, has organised the Treadmill Challenge to raise vital funds for two-year-old Breya Ward, who was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive cancerous tumour in her stomach in January this year.

Breya’s parents, Ollie Ward, a sergeant in 2nd Battalion the Parachute Regiment and Holly Robinson, are hoping to raise £250,000 for pioneering treatment in America.

During the Treadmill Challenge, a team of runners including Christine, will run in 20 minute slots to complete 78.6 miles on a treadmill at Tesco Highwoods between 8am and 8pm.

Christine, of ThinkBDW, says: “We will have bucket collectors outside Tesco and we will also be holding a raffle to give away two tickets to see Olly Murs in concert, donated by LW Fitness. We hope people will come along and support us and donate for such an important cause.

“It’s going to be a tough challenge but I do like to push myself and I’m known for doing some crazy callenges. Breya’s story really touched a nerve with me. I have a four year old son, Jack, and if something like this was to happen to him, I would want to raise awareness and support.”

Christine, whose husband Paul serves in the same regiment as Ollie, is no stranger to tough fundraisers.

She has already completed the Tough Mudder course in North Wales, the Paras’ 10 – a 10 mile endurance course carrying a 35lb backpack – and most recently the Colchester Half Marathon, also to fundraise for Breya.

Christine adds: “It’s going to be exhausting but worth it. A big thanks goes to LW Fitness for the raffle prize and donating the use of the treadmill, to Tesco for their support and everyone who is taking part to complete this challenge with me. We hope to get a bit closer to the fundraising total.”

To donate visit www.mydonate.bt.com/events/teambreya

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