Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

Downing lends his support to Paul Birch Trust

Downing lends his support to Paul Birch Trust

www.givemefootball.com have an interview with former Wolves star Keith Downing who is running the Birmingham half marathon to raise money for the Paul Birch Trust Fund and have given Vital permission to publish it:

Downing lends his support to Paul Birch Trust

Keith delighted to help cancer victim Paul - 'one of life's very special people'.

By Ian Clarkson October 06, 2008

Former Wolves star Keith Downing is running the Birmingham half marathon to raise money for the Paul Birch Trust Fund. Birch, who has been undergoing chemotherapy in his battle against bone cancer, was a teammate of Downing at Wolves and a recent television article inspired Downing to try and help Birch.

The former Villa and Wolves star spent ten years at Villa Park between 1980 and 1991 before moving on to Molineux and made over 450 appearances in his career. However, Birch has been diagnosed with bone cancer and when Downing saw the news bulletin on television saying that lifelong Villa fan Chris Cooper decided to cycle from Villa Park to Paris – a 500 mile round trip – to raise funds for the Paul Birch Trust, it galvanised him into action.

'I saw the article on television and said to my wife Claire that we've got to do something, as I've known Paul a long time,' said Downing. 'I have run half marathons before and did the London Marathon in 2005 and Claire regularly runs half marathons so we decided to enter the first ever Birmingham half marathon and raise money for the Paul Birch Trust Fund.

'I know Paul has been ill and spending a lot of time in Good Hope Hospital undergoing chemotherapy and doesn't want to talk too much at present so I texted him and asked if it was okay for us to run the race and raise funds for him? He texted back 'yes, and said 'many thanks' and I am delighted to be running for this worthy cause.

'I had a close relationship with Paul when he played for Wolves and he is a genuinely lovely guy and I wanted to do something to help him. Hopefully, people will rally round and we can help Paul.'

Neil Rioch, founder & chairman of Aston Villa's former players association set up the Paul Birch Trust fund and explained the reason behind it. He said: 'Paul Birch is one of life's very special people.

'With this condition preventing him from working for the past eight months, and having a ten-year-old daughter to support, life for Paul couldn't be any tougher but, typically, he is showing the same qualities he did as a footballer in battling this dreaded disease. These events are planned to help generate the funds that will ease the burden and ensure a better quality of life for Paul and his family.'

For details on how to sponsor Keith Downing during his Birmingham half marathon run on Sunday October 26 please contact the numbers below
Karl Court
General Secretary/Treasurer
Aston Villa FPA
(Office) 0121 628 3274

* All cheques should be made payable to Paul Birch Trust and sent to Paul Birch Trust, Aston Villa FC, Villa Park, Birmingham, B6 6HE.

With thanks to www.givemefootball.com The Official Website of The Professional Footballers Association

Plus a reminder of Vital Villa's fundraising attempts: Click Here



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Monday October 6 2008
Time: 3:35PM

Comments

0
Certainly a measure of the man how much is being done on behalf of his Trust fund, shows he was a top fella off the pitch as well as on it!
The Fear
06/10/2008 15:38:00
0
Fair play to him, guess most people nowadays have someone in their family affected by some sort of cancer.....sad stuff.
Blue is the colour
06/10/2008 19:43:00
0
Good to see so many 'names' rallying round to help Birchy. That can only help his cause, by helping to create public awareness.
glensider
03/11/2008 10:09:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Aston Villa Articles

Stats: Newcastle v Aston Villa

All the stats from Newcastle (2) vs (0) Aston Villa, St James' Park, 20/2/17 Att: 50,024

Team Sheets - Newcastle v Aston Villa

Aston Villa go to St James' Park as the visitors to Newcastle for the latest Championship game.

Follow Live On Twitter - Newcastle v Aston Villa

Aston Villa go to St James' Park as the visitors to Newcastle today, this will be an 8pm kick-off.

The Villa Times - 20/02/2017 (Villa News Round Up)

The latest news and views on AVFC via the uno fish ial one...

Archived Vital Villa Articles

Vital Villa articles from

Site Journalists

J P Fear
Editor email
Profile
Mike Field
Editor email
Profile
Steve Wade
no email
Profile
Villa_Grizzly
no email
Profile
Turkish Penguin
no email
Profile
Glensider
no email
Profile
Chris Heath
no email
Profile
M Calucar
no email
Profile
JuanPablo Angel
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Newcastle MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Johnstone11%
Hutton39%
Chester4%
Elphick2%
Taylor14%
Jedinak2%
Bjarnason9%
Lansbury7%
Hourihane2%
Kodjia2%
Hogan2%
Sub - Adomah0%
Sub - Gardner4%
Sub - Bacuna2%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 32 22 3 7 69 37
2 Brighton 32 20 8 4 68 28
3 Huddersfield 31 19 4 8 61 7
4 Reading 32 18 6 8 60 6
5 Leeds Utd 33 18 4 11 58 11
6 Sheff Wed 32 17 7 8 58 11
7 Norwich 33 15 6 12 51 11
8 Fulham 31 13 10 8 49 15
9 Barnsley 33 14 7 12 49 4
10 Preston 33 13 10 10 49 4
11 Derby County 31 13 8 10 47 7
12 Cardiff 33 13 6 14 45 -2
13 Ipswich 33 10 11 12 41 -7
14 Birmingham 33 10 10 13 40 -14
15 Brentford 31 10 7 14 37 -1
16 Q.P.R. 32 10 7 15 37 -11
17 Aston Villa 32 8 12 12 36 -8
18 Forest 33 10 6 17 36 -12
19 Wolves 31 9 8 14 35 -4
20 Burton 32 9 7 16 34 -13
21 Bristol City 31 9 5 17 32 -4
22 Wigan 32 7 9 16 30 -9
23 Blackburn 31 7 8 16 29 -13
24 Rotherham 33 4 5 24 17 -43
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
New deals for Wolff and Lauda
Latest Vital Boxing News
Scott Quigg Teams up with Freddie Roach
Vital Football Comment

Recent Aston Villa Results (view all)

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Feb 25 2017 3:00PM : Derby County (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 28 2017 7:45PM : Bristol City (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 4 2017 3:00PM : Rotherham United (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 7 2017 7:45PM : Huddersfield Town (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 11 2017 3:00PM : Sheffield Wednesday (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 18 2017 3:00PM : Wigan Athletic (a)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.The Fear335
2.JuanPabloAngel313
3.sirdennis296
4.Fulford207
5.Melon Donkey178
6.Silhillvilla166
7.villasince67146
8.McParlandTheGreat129
9.Villan57125
10.kefkat123
Write for Vital Football