Hi, my name’s Adi and I coach the Welland Valley Vipers u9’s and next year I am running the London Marathon in aid of Starlight Children’s Foundation.

For those of you who don’t know me, my youngest son Zak started playing for the Vipers during the 2015/16 season. For our family this was the start of a particularly traumatic time as our eldest son, Kai, was seriously ill in Oxford’s Children’s hospital. During this time he had an operation to be fitted with a halo, as some of the bones in his neck had crumbled.

This effectively saved his life and coupled with various medication have put him on the very long road to recovery, which we are still on. After six months the consultants removed the halo and replaced it with plates and bolts in Kai’s neck to stabilize it.

Some of you will have seen Kai at Zak’s games and now he has had the halo removed he just looks like any other kid who loves football. Kai is progressing really well and his consultant has allowed him to train with the Cobra U10’s, which he loves, he just can’t wait to make his debut but that is dependent on his continued recovery getting the all clear from his consultant.

Starlight Children’s Foundation are a national children’s charity that is dedicated to brightening the lives of children and teenagers suffering from a serious or terminal illness.

They have been working for over 30 years to support sick children and their families because they know the difference happiness and laughter can make during times when it feels like there’s not much to look forward to. They do this through their extensive hospital entertainment and wish granting programmes. These programmes are based on positive psychology and offer distraction at a time when young people and families are at their most vulnerable. Every year they help over half a million children to look beyond their illnesses and show them the possibilities of life.

Starlight is a truly brilliant cause and their philosophy really works and allows sick children to forget about their ailments and be kids again. It would be really appreciated if you could donate something to help them keep supporting children and their families through very difficult times.

If you could see your way to helping this great cause by sponsoring me to complete the marathon, it would be greatly appreciated by both myself and the foundation.

If you wish to donate, please click on the link below to go to my virgin money giving page where you will be able to do so.


I would just like to thank you in advance.

Adi Gray – Welland Valley FC – U9 Vipers