Members of staff at Abbey Gate College have been pounding the streets in the last few months as they complete their training for the Chester Half Marathon.

The 17 staff are running in aid of the college’s charity for this year which is Amaventure, in aid of the GEM Appeal.

The GEM Appeal (Genetics, Enzymes, Metabolics) was founded in 1994 by Karen Johnson after she was approached by consultant paediatrician Dr Ed Wraith with a request for money to be raised to hopefully extend the Willink Unit at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and to fund research into the disorder that her two sons Simon and Mike were dying from.

At that time there was no treatment and no hope for children diagnosed with these rare genetic disorders and inborn errors of metabolism and very little research was being done into these diseases.

Along with Ed and a few other like-minded parents and health professionals, the fundraising began and the GEM Appeal was born.

The run is forming part of the fundraising activities of the college this year and if anyone would like to know more about the charity then they should visit the charity web page www.gemappeal.org.uk.

Anyone can donate via the Justgiving site – www.justgiving.com/amaventure or by contacting the college directly.

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