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Cheltenham Half Marathon 2018

Congratulations to our Cheltenham Half Marathon runners   
 
On Sunday 30th September, three GDA supporters took on the gruelling 13.1 mile Cheltenham half marathon course in a bid to raise money for GDA.
 
Not only did they all successfully complete the run, between them, they have raised over £1,130 to help fund the life-changing social activities and support, GDA provides to thousands of deaf and hard of hearing children, young people and adults living in Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and South Gloucestershire.
 
GDA runner and mum of Cirencester Deaf Children's Club (CDCC) member, Sally Gillespie said "I ran my first half marathon in my hometown Cheltenham for GDA because I am forever grateful to them for all the support, fun and friendship since my baby boy lost his hearing at just 9 months old following life threatening bacterial meningitis. I knew nothing about being deaf or looking after a deaf child, but GDA has helped us enormously to see, and know, that life is just as wonderful when you're deaf, and the sky's the limit!."
 
GDA's Events and Communication Manager, Gemma Sills said "I am so proud of what our team of runners achieved in Cheltenham on Sunday A half marathon is no easy feat, but they did it, and to have raised such a fantastic amount is simply amazing. We can't thank them enough for all their efforts - they're albsolute stars in our eyes."
 
Yesterday's fundraising efforts have formed part of GDA's upcoming 100th anniversary celebrations. To help mark the charity's milestone birthday in 2019, GDA is inviting 100 people to take on a challenge - the challenge can be anything, run, walk, swim, climb, bake, sing, dance, make, cook or give something up for month. Anything. All GDA is asking is that each participant raises a minimum of £100, which will then be kindly matched by The Windsor Family Trust, meaning GDA could stand to benefit from an extra £10,000. The hope is the campaign will raise at least £20,000 for GDA, making it their biggest fundraising effort to date so far.
 
The anniversary campaign is running until May 2019 when the charity will officially celebrate it's birthday. Anyone interested in taking on a challenge is welcome to contact Gemma Sills on 100challenges@gda.org.uk to discuss getting their challenge off the ground. In the coming months, supporters will be hosting challenges including giving up alcohol for a month, a 'guess the sweets in a jar' challenge, plus attempting to cycle from Lands End to John O'Groats in 24hrs on exercise bikes from 19th to 20th October!  
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