Firefighters go on the run for Willow appeal

Three Horndean firefighters will be running in this years Great South Run in full BA - Breathing Apparatus, and will raise funds to help Willow Scotney-William (23 months) to be able to see after having a �25,000 operation in China''(left to right) Horndean Crew Manager Vince Nicoll (48), Gemma Scotney (30) with Willow Scotney-Williams (23 months),  firefighter Gary Compton (27) and firefighter Steve Weeks (34)''Picture: Malcolm Wells (123301-2664)
Three Horndean firefighters will be running in this years Great South Run in full BA - Breathing Apparatus, and will raise funds to help Willow Scotney-William (23 months) to be able to see after having a �25,000 operation in China''(left to right) Horndean Crew Manager Vince Nicoll (48), Gemma Scotney (30) with Willow Scotney-Williams (23 months), firefighter Gary Compton (27) and firefighter Steve Weeks (34)''Picture: Malcolm Wells (123301-2664)

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MOST people find that a 10-mile run can be quite a challenge in itself.

But three firefighters will be taking part in the Great South Run wearing their full uniform and breathing apparatus.

Horndean crew manager Vince Nicoll, 48, and firefighters Gary Compton, 27, and Steve Weeks, 34, will be doing the run on October 28.

And in the process they will be raising money for Willow Scotney-Williams, two, who needs stem cell treatment to help her see for the first time.

Vince said: ‘We were already taking part in the Great South Run.

‘Then we read about Willow’s story in the paper and decided we wanted to help.

‘So money that we raise in sponsorship will go to her.

‘I did the run in breathing apparatus last year and I remember thinking “I won’t do this again”. But here I am again.

‘We would like to raise £1,000, but obviously any amount will be good.’

As previously reported in The News, Willow’s parents Jamie Williams, 26, who is also taking part in the run, and Gemma Scotney, 29, need to raise £25,000. Willow was born 10 weeks prematurely and diagnosed with a brain haemorrhage and hydrocephalus – water on the brain – shortly afterwards.

She had nine operations and spent the first six months of her life in hospital.

Willow is almost completely blind and needs to go to China for stem cell surgery to help her see.

The family have already raised more than £7,000 through fundraising events, but need to reach their target before September 5, when the operation is due to take place.

Relentless, in Elm Grove, Southsea, raised cash with a three-course meal at £35 per person last night. Money from the event is going towards the appeal. For more information or to make a donation, see 
willowsvisionappeal.com.