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Alex Academy Staff Preparing For Mammoth Run For Ashton Hulme

12 March 2021

Fund Raising Run In May To Take In Our Three Local Clubs

To show our support for our young Academy goalkeeper, Ashton Hulme, a number of our Academy Staff will be attempting a sponsored run which will take in the Stadiums of each of our local clubs, Crewe Alexandra, Stoke City and Port Vale.

As well as acting as a fundraising event for Ashton and his family, this run will also mark our appreciation towards our near neighbours, Stoke City and Port Vale, who have been extremely supportive towards Ashton throughout this difficult period.  

Coaches Lee Bell, Sam Pettitt, Ryan Dicker and Jonny Barber will be joined by our Lead Sport Scientist, Tom Ryan as well as Lead Academy Physiotherapist Tass Amiridis. Assistant Manager, Kenny Lunt and Academy Manager, Aidan Callan will also be taking part in the run.

The run, taking place on Sunday 23rd May, will see the team start at the Alexandra Stadium, on to the Bet 365 Stadium, on to Vale Park and finally return back to the Alexandra Stadium. The planned route is approximately 35 miles.

In December 2020, 12 year old Ashton was diagnosed with a rare type of bone cancer in his fibula bone in his calf, known as Osteosarcoma. Ashton is currently going through Chemotherapy treatment and is showing huge courage, bravery and positivity. Ashton has a huge passion for football. He is a talented goalkeeper here at Crewe Alexandra and is a big Stoke City fan. Ashton has a terrific, bubbly personality and he is a happy, energetic and caring young boy who leaves an impression with everyone he meets.

Academy Manager, Aidan Callan said ‘The support that has been shown towards Ashton from the Footballing community has been unbelievable. Ashton has received kind messages of support from literally all over the world and I know that the support shown gives him a massive boost’

‘As a club we were devastated to hear the news back in December. Ashton is such a well-liked young boy and gets on with all the coaches and staff here at Crewe. In addition to the support we have shown Ashton and his family, we decided to do something a bit different, which is where the idea of the sponsored run came from. We just want to do our bit, together with the numerous people currently fundraising by taking part in #marchinmarch and #getfitforashton. It has been overwhelming seeing so many people on social media getting involved.’

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