Readers help Alan raise thousands for children of fallen soldiers

Wirral Globe: Alan Knell Alan Knell

AN ex-Wirral marathon runner, who recently completed a 40 mile cross peninsular slog to raise funds to help children of fallen servicemen, has applauded the generosity of local people who helped him raise £6,000.

Alan Knell, formerly of Wallasey, was joined by five ex-servicemen friends to tackle a complete lap of the Wirral peninsula in two days.

Alan, who now lives in Runcorn, said: "There were so many people in Wirral that helped us and showed great support.  We managed to raise £6,000 which was way beyond our target figure of £2,000.

"Most of us are Tranmere Rovers fans and we have had loads of support from the club. The cash we raised will be a tremendous help for our charity Scotty’s Little Soldiers."

The charity was set up by Nicola, the wife of Cpl Lee Scott, one of the casualties of the Afghanistan conflict, leaving behind two young children.

Around £350,000 has been raised for a holiday home in Norfolk for families of fallen heroes to retreat to and ease their bereavement.

The route chosen by Alan and his co-runners was mainly along coastal paths and the Wirral Way. They set off from Tranmere Rovers' Prenton Park ground and headed for the coast. 

They covered 22 miles on the first day and camped overnight at Neston Cricket Club before completing the run the following day.

Alan, 32, decided that marathon running would offer the best chance to raise funds for the charity. Earlier this year he took part in the Chester Marathon.

He said: "The charity provides support for hundreds of families who have lost loved ones; there have been scores of servicemen who have lost their lives in Afghanistan alone."

Funds are raised through special events, donations, merchandising and corporate sponsorships. Children receive cards, gifts, tickets for events and fees for local sports and activities.

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9:47am Sun 14 Oct 12

remember the past preserve the future says...

Well done Al and the boys a fantastic achievement

For those that knock Trfc and peter Johnson this newspaper included its worth noting how much was given for such a worthy cause
Well done Al and the boys a fantastic achievement For those that knock Trfc and peter Johnson this newspaper included its worth noting how much was given for such a worthy cause remember the past preserve the future
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9:47am Sun 14 Oct 12

remember the past preserve the future says...

Well done Al and the boys a fantastic achievement

For those that knock Trfc and peter Johnson this newspaper included its worth noting how much was given for such a worthy cause
Well done Al and the boys a fantastic achievement For those that knock Trfc and peter Johnson this newspaper included its worth noting how much was given for such a worthy cause remember the past preserve the future
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9:19pm Sun 14 Oct 12

Knell79 says...

Yeah, just wanted to say thanks to all the people that made some amazing donations at TRFC and the Wirral public in general... we ran more than 40 miles as so many people called us back to make donations as we were running. There was a lovely lady in Birkenhead that gave us the last £4 in her purse,she felt so strongly in the cause she wanted to help.

It's been so heart warming to see there are so many good people out there!

Thank you people of the Wirral!
Yeah, just wanted to say thanks to all the people that made some amazing donations at TRFC and the Wirral public in general... we ran more than 40 miles as so many people called us back to make donations as we were running. There was a lovely lady in Birkenhead that gave us the last £4 in her purse,she felt so strongly in the cause she wanted to help. It's been so heart warming to see there are so many good people out there! Thank you people of the Wirral! Knell79
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