Gary Thompson

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raised of £100,000 target
by 573 supporters
Participants: Dean Thompson

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Deans story

Dean was born in 1989, we lived in Adlington for the first 5 years of his life, he attended Adlington pre school playgroup and Anderton day nursery, when he was 5 he went to Anderton Primary school, then we moved to Horwich, he continued to attend school in Anderton but at 11 he moved to Rivington and Blackrod High School.  He left school at 16 and became an apprentice electrician for a company called Eurotec in Warrington. 

Dean loved life so much enjoying most sports but especially football.
He was a manager of a 5 a side team at Bolton Arena and supported Bolton Wanderers. 

Our son and brother Dean Thompson  was treated on the Young oncology Unit at the Christie Hospital from April 2007 - May 2008 . 

Dean was diagnosed with osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in April 2007 and fought long and hard throughout the treatment (chemo and radiotherapy). Never once complaining - even when so much chemo caused his kidneys to fail - resulting in having dialysis (Hope Hospital) for the last 4 months of his life. 

All treatment failed and he sadly died at home on the 13th May 2008 aged 19 years.

We miss him each and every day.

We hope to make him proud and raise money for such a special charity, who treated Dean and supported us as a family through the darkest and most difficult times of our lives.

Any money will be well spent on equipment on the Young Oncology Unit at Christies. 

Please like our Facebook page "Deans fund" for details of any fundraising we are doing.   We  always welcome any ideas for fundraising and are very grateful for any fundraising you do for us .

See below some of the fundraising carried out for Dean's fund to date:

  • Held a charity walk around Rivington & Chorley- 10 miles 10pubs.
  • We did the Morecambe bay walk again on Sunday 6thSeptember  2015   full details can be found on or our facebook page Dean Thompson Tribute Fund.                           
  • On Sunday 7th September along with over 50 friends we took part in a zipwire challenge. Over 500 mtrs above ground over 1 mile long and at speeds up to 129 mph. 
  • Our friends Richard Hubbard and Kim Ashton have completed the coast to coast bike ride along Hadrians wall.   Thanks very much.
  • Thanks to our friends Richard and Kim for raising £2290 by climbing mt Kilimanjaro in August.
  • Thanks to everyone who braved the Morecambe bay walk on Saturday 18th May  Hope you all enjoyed it.
  • Thanks to Gary, Craig, Mark and Bez who ran the 84 miles of Hadrians wall in 2 days.  April 2012.                                   
  • Thanks to Brian Cornett and Tracey Melling and the rest of the crew  from Speedy power for raising £1900 in the recent dragon boat event.  
  • Thanks to Karon (Deans godmother who raised £880 by organising a Zumba Sunday.
  • Thanks very much to everyone who joined or sponsored us on the Morecambe Bay Walk on the 26th June 2011.
  • Thanks to Becky, Andy Melling, Mark Seddon and Michael Brooks for doing the Great Manchester Run.
  • Thanks to Roger and Sarah who walked coast to coast.              Thanks to Jessica Chamberlain who ran Race for Life
  • Thanks too to Craig Donley, Stuart Smith, Alex Edge, Mark Seddon, Leighanne Oldfield, Julie Firth, Richard Hubbard, for joining Gary and Becky for a 14,000ft skydive which finally took place on the 24th July 2011.
  • Gareth Jones who arranged a sponsored walk and also cycled  from the Alps to Amsterdam.
  • Wayne Doyle also held a charity golf day and raised £4000.
  • Alison Dixon who climbed Snowdon.
  • Pauline Davies had a coffee and cupcake day which raised £570.
  • Andrea Gregory did  a skydive for Dean on the 20th August 2011. 
  • Sally Ann who held a musical evening.
  • Julie Firth who did the Anglezarke Amble.
  • Beck for running 5 half marathons.

Well done and thanks to everyone.

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