Ian puts his best foot forward in memory of a close friend

Posted on 12 Feb 2009

An employee of JenningsFord Direct will soon be putting his best foot forward in a bid to raise money for national registered charity, the Marfan Trust.

Over the past couple of years, Ian Davison, 33, from Roker in Sunderland, and his mates have taken part in a number of fundraising activities in memory of a close friend, Liam Gash, who sadly lost his life to Marfan Syndrome, at the age of 22.

Marfan Syndrome is an inherited disorder of connective tissue that affects many organ systems including the skeleton, eyes, heart, lungs and blood vessels.

If diagnosed early, the condition can be managed with medical intervention and a few lifestyle changes.

Liam’s tragic death was as a result of the condition, going undiagnosed until it caused an aortic dissection while he was working in Freemantle, Australia, in the summer of 2006.

Since that time, Liam’s parents, Alan and Jane, his sister, Lucy and friends have rallied together with the aim to raise as much money for the Marfan Trust and to build awareness about the condition. To date a total of £51,200 has been raised and donated to Marfan charities.

Alan Gash, said; “We are very grateful to Ian and his friends for their fundraising efforts. They are helping to raise awareness of Marfan Syndrome and the funds will be used by the Trust for research into this life threatening condition.”

Having just taken part in the Boxing Day Dip at Seaburn, Ian Davison, parts supervisor/assistant manager at the JenningsFord Direct dealership in South Shields, and his friends are busy preparing for the next event, a coastal walk from Sunderland Pier to South Shields Pier, which they hope will further boost funds for the Trust.

“We’re all looking forward to the event, which will be taking place sometime in March/April,” said Ian.

“It’s great to be raising money for such a worthy cause and particularly because it’s in memory of Liam who was an extremely popular lad and a good friend to everyone who knew him.”

In addition to the forthcoming walk, Ian is also taking part in another fundraising idea for Marfan Trust. He is in the process of growing a beard and moustache and has agreed to pay a small fee in order to have it shaved off.

For more information about Marfan Syndrome, log onto the website at www.marfantrust.com

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