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Alison Brown from Culcheth, Warrington will be taking part in the Edinburgh Marathon on 28th May,
her first ever,to raise funds for Rainbow House, a conductive education centre based in
Mawdesley, Lancashire which is attended by children and young people with neurological conditions
from across Cheshire and Lancashire.
The 45 year old is running in memory of Gabe Burrows, a little boy with multiple disabilities who she
first met when he was nine months old after joining the family as their Nanny.
Before Gabe was born scans showed that his brain wasn’t developing properly and it was thought
that, if he survived birth, he would be severely disabled but Gabe was a fighter and his family were
determined to give him every chance.
Alison said “Rainbow House provides conductive education, a special programme of rehabilitation
and fun, with the aim of helping each individual achieve their full potential. For Gabe his journey
started at 7 months old at baby boot camp before joining sessions twice weekly from 11 months. I
took Gabe each week to one of his sessions. It was lovely to see him progress – his
achievements may have been small, for example being able to lift his head up, but for Gabe, his
family and myself they were huge. Rainbow House also helped me to learn new skills enabling me to
continue to help Gabe progress outside of conductive education. I got to meet some truly amazing
and inspirational conductors, parents and most important children.
Gabe sadly was unable to keep fighting and on 22nd February 2016 he passed away peacefully
surrounded by his family. He will always hold a special place in my heart and I feel very privileged to
have been part of his life.”
Carole Cochrane, Chief Executive, Rainbow House, said “Gabe was a lovely little boy who touched
all of our hearts and it is wonderful that Alison is raising funds for us in his memory.”
Anyone who would like to support Alison can donate at
www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Alison-Brown61

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