The Oxford United Academy will be donating every step they take this week to a fantastic cause.
Gordon Kille, ‘Gordy’ is a familiar face in local football at Brackley Town and in his role serving as a Police Officer
In February 2019 he received the devastating news that he had MND. His positive mind set and will to fight has been nothing short of inspirational. 12 months ago Mark Brock organised fund-raising to enable the Kille family to take a holiday of a lifetime to make memories.
This week Nikki and Brendan O’Dowda, parents of Academy graduate Callum, are attemping to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.
Standing at 19,340ft the family are looking to raise £19,340 with a further challenge of walking, running or cycling a combined total of 19,340 miles to raise awareness.
Academy Manager Dan Harris told us:
“It’s a cause that’s very close to our hearts and last weekend we added 299 miles to the cause from our Academy programme games. We are monitoring every step this week to push them closer to the target and we are pleased to be supporting this great cause. If fans want to add their own footsteps- it can be out walking the dog, jogging, anything you like, or want to support it with a donation then that would be great.”
Motor Neurone Disease is a cruel and indiscriminate disease. It robs you of your ability to walk, talk, swallow, breathe and, ultimately, to live. There is no cure. The average life expectancy is anything between 12 and 36 months.