Twin inspires charity walk
1:30pm Friday 20th September 2013 in News
Dale Mitchell and Kim Tate after their walk from Avebury to Bishopstone, to raise money for research into tuberous sclerosis
THE TWIN of a family man who died after spending his life battling tuberous sclerosis has raised nearly £5,000 in his memory to fund research on the genetic condition.
Dale Mitchell, 32, took part in a 20-mile walk from Avebury to Bishopstone on August Bank Holiday and also organised a crib tournament last month to raise money for the Tuberous Sclerosis Association.
It comes after his twin brother, Alex Mitchell, 32, of Bishopstone, died at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol after a fit on May 14.
Alex was born at the Princess Margaret Hospital to Jim, 68, and Sandra Mitchell, 58. He was a twin brother to Dale and younger brother to Adrian, 37. He was also uncle to Yasmin, 11, and Evie, two.
Dale, who was very close to his twin, said Alex always faced his condition bravely and without complaint and he wanted to help fund research.
He said: “We wanted to do the Rotary Club’s Walkley Walk this year in Alex’s memory because it was something he had done before. When it was cancelled we just went ahead and did it ourselves.
“We managed to raise £1,200 through that and then my friend Kay Poulton called us to say she wanted to do the Cotswold Sprint Triathlon for the association too. She raised £1,400, which is fantastic.
“Then we organised a crib tournament, because Alex was a big fan of crib and used to play with my dad in the Arkell’s crib league. We weren’t sure how that was going to turn out but it went really well and that raised £500.
“In total we had £4,900 along with donations from the funeral, so we are overwhelmed with it all.
“The charity is such an important one and it’s a very little known genetic disorder, affecting maybe one in ten thousand, so anything we can do to raise awareness and help boost the research is worth it.
“Alex always had the temperament to deal with it and never complained – he just dealt with it.”
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