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4 September 2017

PIRELLI and Burton Albion Football Club have donated £2,500 to support local woman Rebecca Brookes in her fundraising efforts to support The Brain Tumour Charity.

Pirelli and BAFC have worked together for a number of years and more recently supporters have been using the Pirelli staff car park on home match days.

The funds raised from this, just over £2,100, have been topped up to £2,500 by Pirelli and donated to Rebecca.

To raise money for The Brain Tumour Charity, which funds medical research and supports those affected by brain tumours, Rebecca has completed a wing walk challenge.

She wanted to raise money for this charity in particular as her husband, Mark, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2017 and although he had surgery that removed 95% of the tumour it was unfortunately malignant. Now Mark is receiving ongoing treatment for an aggressive form of brain cancer including radio- and chemotherapy.

In total, Rebecca has raised more than £8,000 for this well-deserving cause -including the £2,500 donation from Pireli and BAFC.

Dominic Sandivasci, Pirelli UK Chairman & CEO, said: "We are delighted to be able to support Rebecca in her quest to raise as much money as possible for The Brain Tumour Charity. Not only have we been able to provide a parking solution to BAFC and its supporters, the parking money is now supporting a very special cause. We look forward to continuing this initiative and supporting many more charities.”

Burton Albion chairman Ben Robinson said: "We have had a special relationship with Pirelli going back many years and we were delighted to work with them again to not only offer extra matchday parking for supporters but also to raise money for charity. I'm delighted that as a result of this initiative that we can now make this donation to such a brilliant cause."

Rebecca Brookes added: “It was truly an amazing experience which I will never forget. My husband, Mark, and I are overwhelmed by the support and the amount of money that has been donated. 

"This fantastic amount will help the charity with its goal of halving the harm and doubling the survival. We thank Pirelli and Burton Albion fans in helping to raise in excess of £8,000 for the Brain Tumour Charity."

Pictured (left to right) are: Mark and Rebecca Brookes, Burton Albion chairman Ben Robinson and Dominic Sandivasci, Pirelli UK Chairman & CEO.


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