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22 January 2014

Former defender raising money for Cancer Research UK

Former Rovers defender Phil Bater is currently raising money for Cancer Research UK and we would like to help boost his final total.

We will be organising a bucket collection at the Cheltenham match for the charity, when Phil and his partner, Jane, will be guests of our Board of Directors.

Phil is raising money for the charity because his son, Sam, was diagnosed with a brain tumour 13 months ago whilst in Sweden. When he returned home he underwent a number of tests and then endured a 12 hour operation last January to remove the tumour. 

"I’m taking on Dryathlon," said Phil, "to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

"I’ll be ditching the drink for one month to help bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. Please dig deep and donate now. 

"Medically, Sam's operation was a success and over 90% of the tumour was removed, though unfortunately it was found to be cancerous. Sam was also left with a partial paralysis down his left side.

"Sam has been amazingly positive over the last year and has gone from strength to strength while undergoing firstly radiotherapy and, currently, chemotherapy and gradually getting back to normality.

"Jane, and I want to support Sam as best we can and this is why we have decided to do the Dryathalon for January 2014, to raise money to stop this terrible disease. 

"If you can give any amount, no matter how small, to support us you will be in our prayers for life. 

"Thank you for spending the time to read our story. God Bless, Phil, Jane, Geraint, Sam, Hannah and Mathilda."

To donate, you can go to Phil's Just Giving page or simply part with your cash at the Cheltenham game!

Having spoken to Phil, I know just how much he appreciates the support he has received so far. He describes it as 'humbling' that so many people have donated so far and has asked me to thank all Bristol Rovers supporters for their generosity.

As at  22nd January Phil had raised more than £1,000, so let's help him raise even more.

Best wishes to Phil and his family, and to Sam as he continues his treatment.

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