Former Arsenal physiotherapist joins Old Hatfield charity
PUBLISHED: 16:45 17 September 2010 | UPDATED: 17:07 18 September 2010
A FOOTBALL physio has teamed up with the Willow Foundation to help volunteers complete their extreme sporting challenges.
"This new role means I can support the charity even further. "
Gary Lewin, England’s head physiotherapist, has become challenge champion at the Old Hatfield charity.
The role will see the 46-year-old host advice sessions at his former club Arsenal’s training ground, giving invaluable training and nutrition tips to people who take part in sporting events to raise money for Willow.
He will also attend major sporting events Willow gets involved in, including the London Marathon where he can offer one-to-one advice, as well as the charity’s annual reception to which more than 600 challengers are invited as thanks for all their efforts.
Gary will be linking up again with former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson, who with wife Megs founded the charity, which provides special days for seriously ill 16-to 40-year-olds, in memory of his daughter Anna, who died of cancer aged 31.
Gary’s career in football actually began as a keeper at the Gunners, under Bob’s guidance, before moving on to be the club’s physio.
He said: “I have been working with the Willow Foundation for many years but this new role means I can support the charity even further.
“The charity has many outstanding people taking on tough physical challenges to raise funds and it’s wonderful that I can play a part in making sure they’re fully prepared for what lies ahead.”
Bob, a former Scotland international, said: “Thanks to Gary’s reputation in the world of sport, this new role is going to be a huge boost for the charity.
“People who fundraise for the charity by running, walking, cycling, swimming and jumping currently raise £250,000 each year.
“This is a fantastic amount but we need more!
“This year alone Willow must have £3 million in order to provide the planned 1,400 special days. We know that Gary’s new role will help us to achieve that.”
To take part in a challenge, click on the link above or call 01707 259777.
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