Dean – My Fundraising Story

Dean was born with Cerebral Palsy.

When Dean was born his parents were told that he would probably never walk and would always have trouble with his speech. Despite this Dean has overcome all odds and taken up running.

In 2017 he took part and completed the Brighton Marathon in a respectable time of 4 hrs 18min

Dean’s dream is be to run the London Marathon and Dean is part of our 2018 Team CP Sport London Marathon Runners  and we are delighted that he has chosen Cerebral Palsy Sport to support with his marathon challenge.

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Dean took some time out of his training to share his thoughts on his 2018 Marathon Challenge.

Why do you want to run the London Marathon?

“I took up running in 2013 and I have so far completed 3 marathons in Gravesend, Milton Keynes and Brighton. I have also I completed 20 half marathons and other distances from 5ks to 20 mile runs I  cannot explain the amazing sense of achievement and  feeling of joy I get from completing these. But as a runner London Marathon is the ultimate goal and the marathon I really want to achieve and personally it would feel I have definitely proved wrong the doctor who said I would never walk at birth.”

What does cerebral palsy mean to you?

“Having suffered with cerebral palsy all my life I know how difficult is it to achieve what other people achieve but having to work 100 times harder than everyone else to deal with every day situations just to prove myself.
With my speech impediment I find it hard to have a conversation in certain situations like meeting new people and this affects my confidence. In certain situations people think I am drunk because I can slur words when I talk. This can be annoying and embarrassing and a real confidence knocker.”

Why have you chosen Cerebral Palsy Sport?

“I want to raise money for a charity personal to me and to also prove that having cerebral palsy doesn’t mean you can not achieve the achievements able body people can achieve.”

What do you believe to be the biggest challenges/highlights in undertaking this challenge?

“The biggest highlights will be the whole experience of running the London Marathon, from the months of build up, the months of getting up in rain, wind and snow to do my training.  The fund raising events I have planned over the coming months in raising the required amount of sponsorship money. And of course the biggest highlight will be crossing that finishing line on April 22nd.

The biggest challenges will be the training  nobody likes getting up at 6am in the snow and rain to run 20 miles. But it’s amazing once you are out there running!!”

Cerebral Palsy Sport will be following Dean’s training towards April 2018’s London Marathon and if you want to support him – his fundraising page is:

Dean’s Marathon Blog

26th January 2018:

Fred Hughes 10 mile Race, St Albans on 21st January 2018

I am 3 weeks in to my training for the 2018 London Marathon. I have been running 4 times a week and on Sunday in cold and snowy conditions I competed in my first race of 2018. I got my year off to a bang with a new personal best time of 1 hour and 18 minutes. I smashed my previous p.b by 3 minutes.

I am of to a flying start and hopefully a few more p.b’s will be broken along the way!

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 February 5th 2018 Blog.

Dean, Mark and a friend held a soul night on February 2nd and with tickets sales, raffle ticket  sales and the tins  around the hall they managed to raise a incredible £2,077 and the total for Dean’s fundraising currently stands at a incredible £4,837 !!! Wow – well done!

February 26th 2018 Blog

Dean and Mark are half way through their training and Dean undertook the Thorpe Park Half Marathon on February 25th and he completed it in another P.B of 1 hour 42 minutes. Well done Dean and keep it going!

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25th March 2018 Blog

Dean, Mark and our friend Richard are entering the end of our training and this past week upped the mileage and completed two twenty mile runs with our final one coming next Saturday. Below are some shots from our training runs!

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I was also invited by a old school teacher of mine who invited me to speak in two assemblies and a speech in his class room to explain why I’m running the London Marathon and to talk alittle bit about how my cerebral palsy effects me.

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9th April 2018 Blog

Dean is now tapering his training as the London Marathon approaches. With less a month to go Dean has had some incredible support during his training including Tara pictured below doing a 18 mile club run round London a few weeks ago.

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He did it!

On a very warm day for London Marathon runners – we are delighted to share the news that Dean completed the London Marathon in a time of  04.44.51. It is an amazing effort and we are so proud of Dean.

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Since taking on the London Marathon Dean has taken on many other running challenges including the Great North run in September 2018.


October 2018 – Fundraiser of the Year.

On World Cerebral Palsy Day, we were delighted to recognise Dean’s incredible efforts in supporting our charity by awarding him our 2018 Fundraiser of the Year ,which was presented at our AGM and Awards evening on 6th October 2018.



Image- shows Dean receiving his award from Safia Iman – Trustee of Cerebral Palsy Sport.


Dean took on the Manchester Half Marathon on October 14th 2018 to raise funds for Cerebral Palsy Sport and we thank him for his incredible support. What a star!  Thank you Dean!

In October 2019 Dean flew out to Palma to run the Palma Marathon to raise more funds for Cerebral Palsy Sport and brings his incredible total fundraising to over £7,800.

Thank you Dean for supporting Cerebral Palsy Sport and helping to make a difference!