Liam kicks starts funds

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A passionate supporter of children with disabilities has taken to the treadmill at the Decathlon Sports store in Giltbrook to raise money for Cerebral Palsy Sport and to prepare for his London Marathon challenge in April.

Liam Drake, 34, has become a great ambassador for the Cerebral Palsy Sport charity and is the specialist coach for the East Midlands Centre of Excellence for the Cerebral Palsy football squad.

Three of his players are in line to play in the England squad for the 2016 Paralympics in Brazil.

Liam recently showcased his sporting prowess at Decathlon by taking to a treadmill for an 18 mile training run.

Lending his support in a similar vein on a motorised bike was his friend Phil Basterfield, who did a two-hour stint for the cause alongside Liam.

While the two fundraisers showed their physical merits relatives and supporters made in-store collections for the cause.

Liam, who qualified as an FA coach aged 16, and his team amassed a rewarding £230 thanks to generous donations from supportive shoppers.

Liam’s wife Joanne, who is a charity worker with a group named Umbrella which also supports disabled youngsters said: “I am proud of Liam for all he has done down the years to help both disabled and physically active children.”

His mother Bernadette Drake said: “He has been a great role model to his peers and has continued to champion the cause of young people which makes me very proud.”

One of the fundraisers who helped on the day was 15-year-old Adam Freeman who has Cerbral Palsy and is in Liam’s football squad.

He said: “I love being part of Liam’s soccer school. We have a great time and the competition is just as competitive as that of the premier league!”

When Liam runs the London Marathon on April 13 he will be raising money for Cerebral Palsy Sport again.

Anyone wishing to help his cause can donate by going to

Cerebral Palsy is usually caused by an injury to the brain before, during or after birth and it affects muscle control and movement.

There is no complete cure. It is estimated that one in every 400 UK children is affected by Cerebral Palsy. Around 1,800 babies are diagnosed with it each year.